The Table of Ranks was a system of advancement introduced by Peter the Great in 1722 for use in the three branches of government service: military, civil, and court. It established 14 ranks in three parallel groups for each of these branches, and provided for orderly advancement from the lowest to the highest echelons even to those of lowly birth. Many of the subscribers appearing in the subscription lists that make up the database in this archive are listed with titles showing their place in the Table of Ranks, and, consequently, their status in early nineteenth-century Russian society.

  1. Military Rankings

  2. Civil Rankings

Note: A basic source for further information on this system is: Bennett, Helju Aulik, "Evolution of the Meanings of Chin: an Introduction to the Russian Institution of Rank Ordering and Niche Assignement from the Time of Peter the Great's Table of Ranks to the Bolshevik Revolution," California Slavic Studies, X (1977), pp. 1-44.

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