Dilemmas of Russian Capitalism
Fedor Chizhov and Corporate Enterprise in the Railroad Age
By (author) Thomas C. Owen
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Dilemmas of Russian Capitalism by Thomas C. Owen
Book DescriptionFedor Chizhov built the first railroad owned entirely by Russian stockholders, created Moscow's first bank and mutual credit society, and launched the first profitable steamship line based in Archangel. In this valuable book, Thomas Owen vividly illuminates the life and world of this seminal figure in early Russian capitalism.Chizhov condemned European capitalism as detrimental to the ideal of community and the well-being of workers and peasants. In his strategy of economic nationalism, Chizhov sought to motivate merchants to undertake new forms of corporate enterprise without undermining ethnic Russian culture. He faced numerous obstacles, from the lack of domestic investment capital to the shortage of enlightened entrepreneurial talent. But he reserved his harshest criticism for the tsarist ministers, whose incompetence and prejudice against private entrepreneurship proved his greatest hindrance. Richly documented from Chizhov's detailed diary, this work offers an insightful exploration of the institutional impediments to capitalism and the rule of law that plagued the tsarist empire and continue to bedevil post-Soviet Russia.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674015494
(235mm x 155mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 8-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Thomas C. Owen
Capitalism and Politics in Russia, Paperback (December 2008)
The author examines the essential aspects of traditional merchant culture in the early nineteenth century.
Russia in the Nineteenth Century, Paperback (October 2005)
Presents an interpretive history of Russia from the defeat of Napoleon to the eve of World War I. This book examines the decay of the two central institutions of tsarist Russia: serfdom and autocracy, and explains how the major social groups reacted to the Great Reforms. It provides portraits of many tsarist bureaucrats and political reformers.
Corporation under Russian Law, 1800-1917, Paperback (July 2002)
The story of the uneasy accommodation between tsarist autocracy and the modern corporation.
Russian Corporate Capitalism from Peter the Great to Perestroika, Hardback (October 1995)» View all books by Thomas C. Owen
Covering two hundred years of corporate capitalism in Russia, from the tsarist period through perestroika and into the present, this work demonstrates the historical obstacles that have confronted Russian corporate entrepreneurs and the continuity of Russian attitudes toward corporate capitalism.
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Author Biography - Thomas C. Owen
Thomas C. Owen was Katheryn, Lewis, and Benjamin Price Professor of History, Louisiana State University and is now an Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.
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