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

By Ekaterina Pravilova

“Property rights” and “Russia” don't often belong within the related sentence. relatively, our common snapshot of the country is of lack of confidence of non-public possession and defenselessness within the face of the country. Many students have attributed Russia’s long term improvement difficulties to a failure to strengthen 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 largely shared traditional knowledge and analyzes the emergence of Russian estate regimes from the time of Catherine the good via global struggle I and the revolutions of 1917. most significantly, A Public Empire shows the emergence of the hot practices of possessing “public things” 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 assumption that definite objects—rivers, forests, minerals, old 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 recommended for a estate reform that geared toward exempting public issues from inner most possession, whereas the tsars and the imperial govt hired the rhetoric of shielding the sanctity of personal estate and resisted makes an attempt at its limitation.

Exploring the Russian methods of wondering estate, A Public Empire looks at difficulties of country reform and the formation of civil society, which, because the ebook argues, may be rethought as a means of developing “the public” throughout the reform of estate rights.

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