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

Ekaterina Pravilova


“Property rights” and “Russia” do not usually belong in the same sentence. Rather, our general image of the nation is of insecurity of private ownership and defenselessness in the face of the state. Many scholars have attributed Russia's long-term development problems to a failure to advance property rights for the modern age and blamed Russian intellectuals for their indifference to the issues of ownership. This book refutes this widely shared conventional wisdom and analyzes the emergence of Russian property regimes from the time of Catherine the Great through World War I and the revolutions ... More

Keywords: Russian, property rights, Russian property, public status, property reform, state reform, civil society

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691159058
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691159058.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ekaterina Pravilova, author
Princeton University

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Part I Whose Nature?: Environmentalism, Industrialization, and the Politics of Property

Part II The Treasures of the Fatherland

Part III “Estates on Parnassus”: Literary Property and Cultural Reform

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