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This illuminating volume provides a new understanding of the subjective identity and public roles of Russia’s Europeanized elite between the years of 1762 and 1825. Through a series of rich case studies, the editors reconstruct the social group’s worldview, complex identities, conflicting loyalties, and evolving habits. The studies explore the institutions that shaped these nobles, their attitude to state service, the changing patterns of their family life, their emotional world, religious beliefs, and sense of time.

The creation of a Europeanized elite in Russia was a state-initiated project that aimed to overcome the presumed “backwardness” of the country. The evolution of this social group in its relations to political authority provides insight into the fraught identity of a country developing on the geopolitical periphery of Europe. In contrast to postcolonial studies that explore the imposition of political, social, and cultural structures on colonized societies, this multidisciplinary volume explores the patterns of behavior and emotion that emerge from the processes of self-Europeanization.

The Europeanized Elite in Russia, 1762–1825 will appeal to scholars and general readers interested in Russian history and culture, particularly in light of current political debates about globalization and widening social inequality in Europe.
 

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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. ix
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. p. x
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  1. Note on Transliteration and Dates
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Chapter 1 - INTERNALIZING PUBLIC ROLES: Zealous Servicemen and Curious Noblemen
  2. pp. 23-25
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  1. From Passions to Ambitions: Human Nature and Governance from Peter I to the Emancipation of the Nobility
  2. Igor Fedyukin
  3. pp. 26-45
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  1. Curiosity, Utility, Pleasure: Official Discourses of Natural Philosophy and Their Alternatives in Russia in the Run-up to 1762
  2. Alexander Iosad
  3. pp. 46-65
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  1. Chapter 2 - THE COURT AND THE FAMILY: Cuckolded Husbands and Lonely Wives
  2. pp. 66-69
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  1. Dramatic Conflicts and Social Performance at the Russian Court in the 1760s: A Sociocultural Perspective on Marital Infidelity
  2. Alexei Evstratov
  3. pp. 70-89
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  1. Performing Womanhood in Eighteenth-Century Russia: Cultural Identity in the Letters of Ekaterina Rumiantseva and Dar’ia Saltykova
  2. Michelle Lamarche Marrese
  3. pp. 90-111
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  1. Chapter 3 - THE DOMESTIC ECONOMY: Between Ostentation and Rationalization
  2. pp. 112-115
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  1. The Practice of Personal Finance and the Problem of Debt among the Noble Elite in Eighteenth-Century Russia
  2. Elena Korchmina
  3. pp. 116-135
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  1. Self-fashioning, Estate Design, and Agricultural Improvement: I. I. Bariatinskii’s Enlightened Reforms of Country Living
  2. Andreas Schönle
  3. pp. 136-154
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  1. Chapter 4 - OFFICERS OFF THE BATTLEFIELD: Managers and Thinkers
  2. pp. 155-157
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  1. Warriors in Peace: The Everyday Life of Russian Officers at the Beginning of the Nineteenth Century
  2. Stanislav Andriainen
  3. pp. 158-175
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  1. The Political Language of the Europeanized Military Elite in the Early Nineteenth Century: The Unpublished Diary and Letters of Vasilii Viazemskii
  2. Mikhail Velizhev
  3. pp. 176-196
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  1. Chapter 5 - ALTERNATIVE SOCIABILITIES AND SPIRITUALITIES: The Lodge and the English Club
  2. pp. 197-200
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  1. The Emotional Culture of Moscow Rosicrucians: An Experiment in Alternative Europeanization
  2. Andrei Zorin
  3. pp. 201-219
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  1. The Moscow English Club and the Public Sphere in Early Nineteenth-Century Russia
  2. Mikhail Velizhev
  3. pp. 220-237
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  1. Chapter 6 - EXPERIENCING THE OTHER: Foreigners and Coachmen
  2. pp. 238-241
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  1. Russian Prince vs. “German Swine”: Public Slap in the Face, Émigrés, and Local Elites in St. Petersburg at the Time of the French Revolution
  2. Alexei Evstratov
  3. pp. 242-260
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  1. Between Friends, the Coachman: Enlightenment Encounters Empire in Russia’s Eighteenth Century
  2. John Randolph
  3. pp. 261-276
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  1. Chapter 7 - THE RADICAL BIFURCATION: The Way to Europe and to the Convent
  2. pp. 277-280
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  1. The Instability of Time and Plurality of Selves at Court and in Society
  2. Andreas Schönle
  3. pp. 281-299
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  1. Sentimental Piety and Orthodox Asceticism: The Case of Nun Serafima
  2. Andrei Zorin
  3. pp. 300-317
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 318-326
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 327-348
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 349-350
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 351-371
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781609092078
Related ISBN
9780875807478
MARC Record
OCLC
964535713
Pages
383
Launched on MUSE
2016-12-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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