Ekaterina Pravilova's A Public Empire: Property and the Quest for the Common Good PDF

By Ekaterina Pravilova

“Property rights” and “Russia” don't frequently belong within the comparable sentence. particularly, our basic photo of the country is of lack of confidence of personal possession and defenselessness within the face of the nation. Many students have attributed Russia’s long term improvement difficulties to a failure to boost 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 commonly shared traditional knowledge and analyzes the emergence of Russian estate regimes from the time of Catherine the good via global battle I and the revolutions of 1917. most significantly, A Public Empire shows the emergence of the recent practices of possessing “public things” in imperial Russia and the makes an attempt of Russian intellectuals to reconcile the safety of estate with the beliefs of the typical good.

The booklet analyzes how the assumption that convinced objects—rivers, forests, minerals, historic monuments, icons, and Russian literary classics—should accede to a few form of public prestige built in Russia within the mid-nineteenth century. expert specialists and liberal politicians endorsed for a estate reform that geared 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 limitation.

Exploring the Russian methods of pondering estate, A Public Empire looks at difficulties of kingdom reform and the formation of civil society, which, because the e-book argues, could be rethought as a strategy of developing “the public” throughout the reform of estate rights.

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