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“This is a very important study for the information it gives and also for the insight into late Imperial Russia and its commercial elite, a group whose influence is still little known. To a great degree it challenges an older view of Imperial Russia as lacking a vital urban middle class.”—Steven Marks, Clemson University

“The volume contains a wealth of new and little-known material. Its publication is extremely welcome, and it ought to receive a warm response from academics in several disciplines, most importantly, history and art.”—Jeffrey Brooks, Johns Hopkins University, and author of Thank You, Comrade Stalin! Soviet Public Culture from Revolution to Cold War

Chapter List


Boris V. Anan’ich, William Craft Brumfield, and Yuri A. Petrov

Part I: Business Culture
1. St. Petersburg: Banking Center of the Russian Empire
Boris V. Anan’ich and Sergei G. Beliaev
2. European Business Culture and St. Petersburg Banks
Sergei K. Lebedev
3. Funded Loans in Petersburg and the Development of the Municipal Infrastructure, 1875–1916
Sergei G. Beliaev
4. The Banking Network of Moscow at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Yuri A. Petrov
5. Charitable Activities of Moscow Banks
Galina Ulianova
6. Old Believers and New Entrepreneurs: Old Belief and Entrepreneurial Culture in Imperial Russia
James L. West
7. Entrepreneurs and Philanthropy in Nizhnii Novgorod, from the Nineteenth Century to the Beginning of the Twentieth Century
Galina Ulianova

Part II: Commerce and the Urban Environment
8. The Architecture of Petersburg Banks in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Boris M. Kirikov
9. The Architecture of Moscow Banks in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Natalia Datieva
10. From the Lower Depths to the Upper Trading Rows: The Design of Retail Shopping Centers in Moscow
William Craft Brumfield
11. Commerce and Architecture in Odessa in Late Imperial Russia
Patricia Herlihy
12. Creating a New Style in the Architecture of the Russian Provinces: The Case of Nizhnii Novgorod
William Craft Brumfield
13. Pragmatic Pluralists in Gilded Age Chicago, Moscow, and Osaka: Making Fragmentation Work
Blair A. Ruble

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