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Series: New Russian Thought 229 x 152mm | 220 pages | June 2018 HB | 978-1-5095-2700-7 £55.00 | $69.95 | €71.90 PB | 978-1-5095-2701-4 £17.99 | $24.95 | €23.90 ebook available

The Tragedy of Property Private Life, Ownership and the Russian State MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV Translated by Arch Tait This book examines the unique relationship between property and power in Russia. In many Western societies, private property has acted as the private individual’s bulwark against the state; in Russia, by contrast, it has mostly been used by the authorities as a governance tool, from serfdom in the nineteenth century right up to the present. This is why most Russian entrepreneurs today register their businesses in offshore jurisdictions and park their money abroad. Russia’s bellicose posturing could be seen as a compensation of sorts for the vulnerabilities and conflicts that unresolved property relations create domestically. On the positive side, property is finally seen in Russia as a shield for individual autonomy and Russia is now faced with the prospect of building its own institutions of property and conflict resolution. This book, the first in Polity’s New Russian Thought series, will appeal to a wide readership interested in Russia and contemporary politics. MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV is a Senior Fellow at the Kennan Institute and the Editorat-Large of Vedomosti, an independent Russian daily.

Series: What is History 216 x 138mm | 192 pages | November 2018 HB | 978-1-5095-2220-0 £50.00 | $59.95 | €65.90 PB | 978-1-5095-2221-7 £14.99 | $19.95 | €19.90 ebook available

What is Cultural History? Third Edition


This book has established itself as an essential guide to what cultural historians do and how they do it. Now fully updated in its third edition, Peter Burke offers afresh his accessible guide to the past, present and future of cultural history, as it has been practised not only in the English-speaking world, but also in Continental Europe, Asia, South America and elsewhere. Burke places cultural history in its own cultural context, noting links between new approaches to historical thought and writing and the rise of feminism, postcolonial studies and an everyday discourse in which the idea of culture plays an increasingly important part. The new edition also surveys the very latest developments in the field and considers the directions that cultural history has been taking in the twentyfirst century and may take in the future. This third edition will continue to be an essential textbook for students of history as well as those taking courses in cultural, anthropological and literary studies. PETER BURKE is Professor Emeritus of Cultural History at the University of Cambridge.


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