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Title Merchant Moscow : images of Russia's vanished bourgeoisie / edited by James L. West and Iurii A. Petrov
Published Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1998]


Description 1 online resource (346 pages) : illustrations
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Merchant Moscow in Historical Context / West, James L. -- A Note on Old Belief / West, James L. -- A Note on Photography in Russia / Neumaier, Diane -- About the Photographs / Zolotarev, Mikhail -- CHAPTER 1. Doing Business in Merchant Moscow / Owen, Thomas C. -- CHAPTER 2. Moscow's Commercial Mosaic / Potkina, Irina V. -- CHAPTER 3 "Moscow City": Financial Citadel of Merchant Moscow / Petrov, Iurii A. -- CHAPTER 4. Caftan to Business Suit: The Semiotics of Russian Merchant Dress / Ruane, Christine -- CHAPTER 5. Old Believers and New Entrepreneurs: Religious Belief and Ritual in Merchant Moscow / Ulianova, Galina N. -- CHAPTER 6. Daily Life among the Morozovs / Pennar, Karen -- CHAPTER 7. Peasant Entrepreneurs and Worker Peasants: Labor Relations in Merchant Moscow / Shatsillo, Mikhail K. -- CHAPTER 8. Daughters, Wives, and Partners: Women of the Moscow Merchant Elite / Joffe, Muriel ; Lindenmeyr, Adele -- CHAPTER 9. Commercial Education and the Cultural Crisis of the Moscow Merchant Elite / Kalmykov, Sergei V. -- CHAPTER 10. Aesthetics and Commerce: The Architecture of Merchant Moscow, 1890-1917 / Brwnfield, William Craft -- CHAPTER 11. Merchant Moscow After Hours: Voluntary Associations and Leisure / Bradley, Joseph C. -- CHAPTER 12. Merchants on Stage and in Life: Theatricality and Public Consciousness / Clowes, Edith W. -- CHAPTER 13. Visions of Russia's Entrepreneurial Future: Pavel Riabushinsky's Utopian Capitalism / West, James L. -- The Fate of Merchant Moscow / West, James L. -- Suggestions for Further Reading -- Contributors -- Index
Summary With the collapse of the Soviet system, the long-neglected history of the early capitalists is being recovered and rewritten. Once regarded as the "losers" in the Russian Revolution, these merchants can now be seen as early pioneers in Russia's transformation to a free market economy. This book is the first joint Russian-American collaborative project on the history of Russian entrepreneurship. Merchant Moscow puts a human face on early Russian capitalism. It presents thematic groupings of historic photographs paired with commentaries by contemporary Russian and American historians. The pictures provide a stunning, wide-ranging visual portrait of Imperial Russia's most influential entrepreneurial elite, the Moscow merchantry, while the accompanying articles interpret the photographs and place them in the larger cultural context of prerevolutionary Russia. Here is a surprising new view of the bourgeoisie during the Silver Age, revealed for the first time in this fascinating volume. The fourteen contributing historians selected and ordered photographs that best illustrate their specialized knowledge of the period. They have framed their topics in a variety of ways. Some have chosen to pursue traditional topics, such as collective biography, institutional history, or the history of business practices. Others have approached the photographs in more experimental ways, emphasizing the semiotics of dress, discourses of identity, or the history of daily life. Together they offer fresh perspectives on the successes and failures of Russia's first experiment with entrepreneurial capitalism. Originally published in 1998. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-180) and index
Notes In English
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Subject Businesspeople -- Russia (Federation) -- Moscow -- Portraits
Businesspeople -- Russia (Federation) -- Moscow -- History -- 19th century
HISTORY -- Europe -- Russia & the Former Soviet Union.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
Social conditions.
SUBJECT Moscow (Russia) -- Social conditions
Moscow (Russia) -- Commerce -- History -- 19th century
Subject Russia (Federation) -- Moscow.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author West, James L., 1944- editor.
Petrov, I︠U︡. A. (I︠U︡riĭ Aleksandrovich), 1955- editor.
LC no. 97009077
ISBN 9781400864645