Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016.
Book — viii, 387 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Nobles and merchants
The boundaries of risk
Fraud, property, and respectability
Kinship and family
Debtors and bureaucrats
In the pit with debtors
Intermediaries, lawyers, and scriveners
Creditors and debtors in pre-reform court
As readers of classic Russian literature know, the nineteenth century was a time of pervasive financial anxiety. With incomes erratic and banks inadequate, Russians of all social castes were deeply enmeshed in networks of credit and debt. The necessity of borrowing and lending shaped perceptions of material and moral worth, as well as notions of social respectability and personal responsibility. Credit and debt were defining features of imperial Russia s culture of property ownership. Sergei Antonov recreates this vanished world of borrowers, bankrupts, lenders, and loan sharks in imperial Russia from the reign of Nicholas I to the period of great social and political reforms of the 1860s.Poring over a trove of previously unexamined records, Antonov gleans insights into the experiences of ordinary Russians, rich and poor, and shows how Russia s informal but sprawling credit system helped cement connections among property owners across socioeconomic lines. Individuals of varying rank and wealth commonly borrowed from one another. Without a firm legal basis for formalizing debt relationships, obtaining a loan often hinged on subjective perceptions of trustworthiness and reputation. Even after joint-stock banks appeared in Russia in the 1860s, credit continued to operate through vast networks linked by word of mouth, as well as ties of kinship and community. Disputes over debt were common, and Bankrupts and Usurers of Imperial Russia offers close readings of legal cases to argue that Russian courts usually thought to be underdeveloped in this era provided an effective forum for defining and protecting private property interests.". (source: Nielsen Book Data)
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Newark, Del. : University of Delaware Press, c2004.
Book — 255 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Property and inheritance laws in the Muscovite period
The petrine revolution
"Everyone sees the world from his own bell tower" : the law of single inheritance and its repeal
Fool's gold : property legislation under Catherine II
Women, inheritance, and the boundaries of kinship
The best laid plans : the problem of the childless landowner
The long arm of the law : redemption and confiscation
The many dimensions of noble insecurity.
This is the first study in English to comprehensively examine property law in Imperial Russia, focusing on the struggle to define the scope of individual noble property rights and what that process reveals about the limits of noble freedom within the Russian state. The author uses property laws and right as the measuring stick for determining the degree to which nobles had political, or even traditional rights, that might have limited the power of the monarch, and argues that while the nobility may have worked side-by-side with the tsar in many areas, Russia's land and inheritance laws suggest that it was an unequal partner at best. The book's conclusions are based on the author's extensive research in published and archival primary sources, including inheritance and land disputes overseen by the Imperial Russian Senate, as well as confiscation records from the Chancellery of Confiscations, and are an important contribution to the going debate about the nature of Russian aristocracy. Lee A. Farrow is Associate Professor of History at Auburn University Montgomery. (source: Nielsen Book Data)