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

By Ekaterina Pravilova

ISBN-10: 069115905X

ISBN-13: 9780691159058

ISBN-10: 0691180717

ISBN-13: 9780691180717

"Property rights" and "Russia" don't often belong within the related sentence. fairly, our normal picture of the country is of lack of confidence of personal possession and defenselessness within the face of the country. Many students have attributed Russia's long term improvement difficulties to a failure to boost estate rights for the trendy age and blamed Russian intellectuals for his or her indifference to the problems of possession. A Public Empire refutes this extensively shared traditional knowledge and analyzes the emergence of Russian estate regimes from the time of Catherine the nice via international battle I and the revolutions of 1917. most significantly, A Public Empire exhibits 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 good.

The ebook analyzes how the idea that convinced objects—rivers, forests, minerals, ancient 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 encouraged 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 non-public estate and resisted makes an attempt at its limitation.

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

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