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Voluntary Associations in Tsarist Russia Science, Patriotism, and Civil Society

ISBN-10: 0674032799

ISBN-13: 9780674032798

Edition: 2009

Authors: Joseph Bradley

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On the eve of World War I, Russia, not known as a nation of joiners, had thousands of voluntary associations. Joseph Bradley examines the crucial role of voluntary associations in the development of civil society in Russia from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century.Russians populated a growing public sphere with societies based on the model of the European enlightenment. Owing to the mission of such learned associations as the Free Economic Society, the Moscow Agricultural Society, and the Russian Geographical Society, civil society became inextricably linked to patriotism and the dissemination of scientific knowledge. Although civil society and the autocratic state are often described as bitter rivals, cooperation in the project of national prestige and prosperity was more often the rule. However, an increasing public assertiveness challenged autocratic authority, and associations became a focal point of a contradictory political culture: they fostered a state-society partnership but at the same time were a critical element in the effort to emancipate society from autocracy and arbitrary officialdom.
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Book details

List price: $48.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 6/16/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 360
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

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Preface
Illustrations
Introduction: Russian Associations
European Societies and the State: Russia in Comparative Perspective
The Application of Science: The Free Economic Society and the Moscow Agricultural Society
The Quest for National Identity The Russian Geographical Society
Patriotism and Useful Knowledge: The Society of Friends of Natural History
Government and the Public Trust: The Russian Technical Society and Education for Industry
Advocacy in the Public Sphere: Scientific Congresses
Conclusion: An Unstable Partnership
List of Abbreviations
Notes
Index