From Library Journal
A collection of photographs and essays, jointly prepared by Russian and American scholars, this work portrays the nature of commerce, the cultural and social life, and values of the entrepreneurial elite that came of age just prior to the Russian Revolution. As stated by editors West (history, Univ. of Tulsa) and Petrov (research fellow, Inst. of Russian History, Moscow), "The early entrepreneurs, once regarded as the marginalized "losers" in the Russian Revolution, now appear to many as early pioneers of Russia's democratic and free-market transformation." Relying on recent information and many photographs from Mikhail Zolotarev of the Morozov merchant family, the authors of the various articles combine both traditional and experimental approaches to analysis. The collection is interestingly designed and well edited, affording a timely and important context for Russia's commercial development. Recommended for academic, specialized, and larger public library collections.?Rena Fowler, Humboldt State Univ., Arcata, Cal.
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"[An] engrossing book. . . . The essays . . . address important issues with intelligence and insight and hold the reader's interest." -- Samuel Kassow, The Russian Review
[An] engrossing book.... The essays... address important issues with intelligence and insight and hold the reader's interest. -- Samuel Kassow, The Russian Review