A Public Empire: Property and the Quest for the Common Good in Imperial Russia

A Public Empire: Property and the Quest for the Common Good in Imperial Russia

Ekaterina Pravilova


"Property rights" and "Russia" don't frequently belong within the similar sentence. really, our basic photograph of the country is of lack of confidence of non-public possession and defenselessness within the face of the kingdom. Many students have attributed Russia's long term improvement difficulties to a failure to improve estate rights for the fashionable age and blamed Russian intellectuals for his or her indifference to the problems of possession. A Public Empire refutes this broadly shared traditional knowledge and analyzes the emergence of Russian estate regimes from the time of Catherine the good via global warfare I and the revolutions of 1917. most significantly, A Public Empire indicates the emergence of the recent practices of possessing "public issues" in imperial Russia and the makes an attempt of Russian intellectuals to reconcile the protection of estate with the beliefs of the typical solid.

The publication analyzes how the idea that definite objects--rivers, forests, minerals, old monuments, icons, and Russian literary classics--should accede to a couple type of public prestige built in Russia within the mid-nineteenth century. specialist specialists and liberal politicians endorsed for a estate reform that aimed toward exempting public issues from inner most possession, whereas the tsars and the imperial executive hired the rhetoric of defending the sanctity of personal estate and resisted makes an attempt at its quandary.

Exploring the Russian methods of brooding about estate, A Public Empire appears at difficulties of nation reform and the formation of civil society, which, because the ebook argues, can be rethought as a means of developing "the public" during the reform of estate rights.

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