Religious and Nationalist Aspects of Entrepreneurialism in Russia

  • Boris V. Anan’ich


In the development of capitalism in the Russian Empire, and in particular of bank structure and bank entrepreneurialism, representatives of various ethnic groups played a large role: not only Russians, but also Jews, Greeks, Armenians, Tatars and, finally, immigrants to Russia. The latter were either dissolved generally into Russian society or constituted as a particular ethnic group, such as the “Moscow Germans.” A known exception among the foreign entrepreneurs working in Russia were the English. They were less subject to assimilation.1


Entrepreneurial Activity Jewish Community Jewish Population Islamic Bank Russian Government 
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