Tsarist Russia's commerical 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 endeavors undertaken by enterprises for their own purposes, notably bank and commercial architecture.
This volume explores culture and commerce in two ways. First, it looks within the business milieu itself and assesses class and social stratification, types of entrepreneurs and their mentality, religious affiliations, charitable activities, and donations.
Contributors to this book include: Boris V. Anan'ich, Sergei G. Beliaev, Sergei K. Lebedev, Yuri A. Petrov, Galina Ulianova, James L. West, Boris M. Kirikov, Natalia Datieva, William Craft Brumfield, Patricia Herlihy, Blair A. Ruble.
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William Craft Brumfield is Professor in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies at Tulane University; he is a major historian and photographer of Russian architecture.
Boris V. Anan'ich is Academician at the Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg.
Yuri A. Petrov is Head of the Department of Contemporary History at the Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg.