Russian Corporate Capitalism From Peter the Great to Perestroika by Thomas C. Owen

Russian Corporate Capitalism From Peter the Great to Perestroika

byThomas C. Owen

Hardcover | November 1, 1995

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From the three perspectives of geography, economic policy, and ideology, this work examines corporate capitalism under the tsarist and late Soviet regimes. Thomas C. Owen discovers a remarkable history of thwarted effort and lost opportunity. He explores the impact of bureaucratic restrictionsand reveals the entrepreneurial capabilities of Russia's corporate founders from various social groups as well as the prominence of Poles, Germans, Jews, Armenians, and foreign citizens in the corporate elite of the Russian Empire and its ten largest cities. The study stresses continuities betweentsarist and late Soviet periods, especially in the persistence of anti-capitalist attitudes, both radical and reactionary. A provocative final chapter considers the implications of the weak corporate heritage for the future of Russian capitalism.

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Thomas C. Owen is at Louisiana State University.

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Title:Russian Corporate Capitalism From Peter the Great to PerestroikaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.49 × 6.38 × 0.87 inPublished:November 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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This first comprehensive analysis of Russian corporations examines capitalism under the tsarist and late Soviet regimes from the perspectives of geography, economic policy, and ideology. It draws on the author's new database of all corporations chartered by the tsarist government and utilizes the obscure memoirs of domestic and foreign business leaders. In Russian Corporate Capitalism from Peter the Great to Perestroika, Thomas C. Owen explores the impact of bureaucratic restrictions, assesses the entrepreneurial capabilities of founders from various social and ethnic groups, and presents numerous tables and graphs that for the first time describe the corporate elite of the Russian Empire and its ten largest cities. Owen also stresses historical continuities, especially the persistence of anticapitalist attitudes, both radical and reactionary, into the 1990s. A provocative final chapter considers the implications of the weak corporate heritage for the future of Russian capitalism. This remarkable book will be of interest to the general reader interested in Russian

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"Owen has made a thoughtful and highly informative contribution to the project of rethinking Russian economic history."--Journal of Modern History