Commerce in Russian Urban Culture, 1861-1914

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Tsarist Russia's commercial class is today receiving serious attention from both Russian and non-Russian historians. This book is a contribution to that literature. Commerce in Russian Urban Culture, 1861-1914 examines the relation between the entrepreneurial world, especially business and banking, and the cultural milieu of Russia. Going beyond the commercial-cultural connection of charitable activity, the contributors to this collaborative project also study cultural activity undertaken by enterprises for their...

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Overview

Tsarist Russia's commercial class is today receiving serious attention from both Russian and non-Russian historians. This book is a contribution to that literature. Commerce in Russian Urban Culture, 1861-1914 examines the relation between the entrepreneurial world, especially business and banking, and the cultural milieu of Russia. Going beyond the commercial-cultural connection of charitable activity, the contributors to this collaborative project also study cultural activity undertaken by enterprises for their own purposes, notably bank and commercial architecture.

"Culture and commerce" encompasses two areas in this volume. The first is the business milieu itself as a social and cultural phenomenon. Class and social stratification, types of entrepreneurs, and their mentality, religious affiliations, and charitable activities and donations are covered. The second is their impact on the form of cities, including not only Moscow and St. Petersburg but Odessa and Nizhnii Novgorod. Banks, insurance companies, and large commercial firms reshaped Russian cities with the construction of buildings for their own operations and retail shops, stock exchanges, mansions, and public buildings.

This book is based on a project of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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Editorial Reviews

Russian Review
Readers interested in the urban, business, social, or cultural history of Russia will find something to chew on in this volume. It provides an excellent synthesis of recent American and Russian scholarship that is rich in archival material and analysis.

— Jonathan Grant

Russian Review - Jonathan Grant

Readers interested in the urban, business, social, or cultural history of Russia will find something to chew on in this volume. It provides an excellent synthesis of recent American and Russian scholarship that is rich in archival material and analysis.

Russian Review

Readers interested in the urban, business, social, or cultural history of Russia will find something to chew on in this volume. It provides an excellent synthesis of recent American and Russian scholarship that is rich in archival material and analysis.

— Jonathan Grant

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801867507
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Series: Woodrow Wilson Center Press Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

William C. Brumfield is a professor in the department of Germanic and Slavic languages at Tulane University; he is a major historian and photographer of Russian architecture. Boris V. Anan'ich is with the Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg. Yuri A. Petrov is head of the Department of Contemporary History at the same institute.

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Table of Contents

Contents:



List of Illustrations

List of Tables

Acknowledgments

Introduction



PART I: BUSINESS CULTURE

1 St. Petersburg: Banking Center of the Russian Empire

2 European Business Culture and St. Petersburg Banks

3 Funded Loans in Petersburg and the Development of the Municipal Infrastructure, 1875-1916

4 The Banking Network of Moscow at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

5 Charitable Activities of Moscow Banks

6 Old Believers and New Entrepreneurs: Old Belief and Entrepreneurial Culture in Imperial Russia

7 Entrepreneurs and Philanthropy in Nizhnii Novgorod, from the Nineteenth Century to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century



PART II: COMMERCE AND THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT

8 The Architecture of Petersburg Banks in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

9 The Architecture of Moscow Banks in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

10 From the Lower Depths to the Upper Trading Rows: The Design of Retail Shopping Centers in Moscow

11 Commerce and Architecture in Odessa in Late Imperial Russia

12 Creating a New Style in the Architecture of the Russian Provinces: The Case of Nizhnii

13 Pragmatic Pluralists in Gilded Age Chicago, Moscow, and Osaka: Making Fragmentation Work



Contributors

Index

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