Russia in the European Context, 1789–1914

A Member of the Family

  • Susan P. McCaffray
  • Michael Melancon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

  3. Envisioning an Economy

  4. Envisioning a Society

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 227-238

About this book


This volume surveys Nineteenth-century Russian society and economy and finds that Russian institutions, practices and ideas fit the general European pattern for that period of rapid change. Even apparently distinctive Russian features deepen our understanding of 'Europeaness'. In the Nineteenth-century there were still many different ways to be European, and excessive generalization based on the experiences of one or two countries obscures the great diversity that still characterized European civilization. Moreover, these essays bring to light several points at which Russian legislation and thinking provided models and examples for others to follow. The authors focus on key elements of how Russians envisaged and constructed their economy and society. This is an important contribution that increases understanding of Russian history at a time when Russia's relationship with the 'West' is again debated.


economy Europe history Institution nationalism Russia social science

Editors and affiliations

  • Susan P. McCaffray
    • 1
  • Michael Melancon
    • 2
  1. 1.University of North CarolinaWilmingtonUSA
  2. 2.Auburn UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2005
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-53073-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4039-8226-1
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