Title page for ETD etd-11162005-111803

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Badredinov, Evgeny
Author's Email Address ebadred@lsu.edu
URN etd-11162005-111803
Title Problems of Modernization in Late Imperial Russia: Maksim M. Kovalevskii on Social and Economic Reform
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department History
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Thomas C. Owen Committee Chair
David F. Lindenfeld Committee Member
Louis A. Day Committee Member
Maribel Dietz Committee Member
Ellis Sandoz Dean's Representative
  • peasantry
  • russia
  • maksim m. kovalevskii
  • land privatization
  • land commune
Date of Defense 2005-05-18
Availability unrestricted
The problems of social and economic reform were at the center of academic and political activities of Maksim M. Kovalevskii (1851-1916), a prominent Russian historian and sociologist. The comparative study of rural communal institutions led him to conclude that the village commune remained a viable social and economic institution in late imperial Russia. Although he believed firmly in private agriculture, he criticized the Stolypin land reform for attempting to pressure peasants to separate from communes. Kovalevskii argued that in a country dominated by communal traditions the state must not destroy the collective economy by legislative fiat. He urged Russian policy-makers to support the village commune instead of destroying it and pointed to substantial evidence of the commune's economic potential. Recent studies have confirmed Kovalevskii's assertions that communal economic arrangements in the post-Emancipation Russian village were flexible enough to allow for innovation and improvement. Kovalevskii's analysis challenges us to revise our understanding of rural communal institutions and of the general dynamic of social and economic change.
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