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By Ekaterina Pravilova

“Property rights” and “Russia” don't often belong within the similar sentence. fairly, our basic photograph of the kingdom is of lack of confidence of personal possession and defenselessness within the face of the kingdom. Many students have attributed Russia’s long term improvement difficulties to a failure to increase estate rights for the fashionable age and blamed Russian intellectuals for his or her indifference to the problems of possession. A Public Empire refutes this commonly shared traditional knowledge and analyzes the emergence of Russian estate regimes from the time of Catherine the good via global conflict I and the revolutions of 1917. most significantly, A Public Empire shows the emergence of the recent practices of possessing “public things” in imperial Russia and the makes an attempt of Russian intellectuals to reconcile the safety of estate with the beliefs of the typical good.

The booklet analyzes how the idea that definite objects—rivers, forests, minerals, old monuments, icons, and Russian literary classics—should accede to a couple form of public prestige built in Russia within the mid-nineteenth century. expert specialists and liberal politicians recommended for a estate reform that aimed toward exempting public issues from inner most possession, whereas the tsars and the imperial executive hired the rhetoric of defending the sanctity of personal estate and resisted makes an attempt at its limitation.

Exploring the Russian methods of brooding about estate, A Public Empire looks at difficulties of country reform and the formation of civil society, which, because the booklet argues, can be rethought as a means of developing “the public” during the reform of estate rights.

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Wie das, Parfüm zu stehlen? " "Einfach deswegen, weil ich, als man mich einfing, danach roch. " "Begann zu schreien: habe den Engelisten erwischt! Na und da, versteht sich, kamen die Leute ins Kontor ... " "Nein; der Pope setzte was hinzu; als die Gräfin ihn rufen ließ, aufzuschreiben, daß Nihilisten ins Haus eingebrochen seien und daß man schnell die Polizei schicken solle, schrieb der Pope dazu, daß ich angeblich nicht anerkennte, warum dieses fünftens wichtig sei. Der Feldscher erfuhr das und fragte mich, was das zu bedeuten habe: warum dieses fünftens wichtig sei?

Jawohl; des anderen Tages kam der Polizeimeister, fragte mich nach allem aus und schickte jemand zur Gräfin: ob ich tatsächlich in ihrem Gefolge wäre? Von dort schickte der Hausmeister einen Künstler, den sie kannte und der für mich Bürgschaft leistete, und so wurde ich freigelassen. Dem Bauern aber war dortselbst in der Polizeiwache ein Rubel verloren gegangen. ' Und da habe ich ihm den Rubel gegeben ... " "Nein, er war doch recht gescheit, er sagte mir: ,Ich wäre', sagte er, ,vielleicht garnicht fortgelaufen, aber ich hatte Angst, daß du am Ende übergescheite Büchlein mit dir führst.

Vielleicht betrifft es etwas Erhabenes? " Auf welche Weise er floh? -Das ist ebenfalls interessant. "Ich trampelte", sagte er, "direkt bis Moskau zu Fuß, ich hatte schon Hühneraugen auf den Fußsohlen. Dort ging ich zum Maler, um ihm zu sagen, daß ich die fünf Rubel nicht bringen könne, sondern daß ich fortginge, er aber war schon ganz am Sterben- er stand nicht mehr vom Bett auf; erhörte 43 mich an und wollte eigentlich lachen, dann aber winkte er ab und zog unter dem Kissen zwanzig Rubel vor, die er mir einhändigte.

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