New PDF release: A Public Empire: Property and the Quest for the Common Good

By Ekaterina Pravilova

"Property rights" and "Russia" don't frequently belong within the similar sentence. really, our common photo 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 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 generally 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 exhibits the emergence of the hot practices of possessing "public issues" 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 ebook analyzes how the assumption that definite objects—rivers, forests, minerals, old monuments, icons, and Russian literary classics—should accede to a few type of public prestige built in Russia within the mid-nineteenth century. expert specialists and liberal politicians endorsed for a estate reform that aimed toward exempting public issues from deepest possession, whereas the tsars and the imperial govt hired the rhetoric of defending the sanctity of non-public estate and resisted makes an attempt at its limitation.

Exploring the Russian methods of puzzling over estate, A Public Empire appears at difficulties of kingdom reform and the formation of civil society, which, because the publication argues, may be rethought as a means of developing "the public" during the reform of estate rights.

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