Contextualizing women’s economic thought in late Imperial Russia and in the early years of revolution


Authored by: Anna Klimina

The Routledge Handbook of the History of Women’s Economic Thought

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138852341
eBook ISBN: 9781315723570
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The particular reality of women’s economics in late Imperial Russia was largely determined by Russia’s socio-economic backwardness, which resulted in limited participation in Russian economic studies by women before the 1917 Russian Revolution. Russia’s backwardness included all the debilitating characteristics of a feudal society: arbitrary autocracy, 1 conservative social values, deep aversion to radical political and social reforms, and perpetual struggle for women’s higher education, even in the upper classes. Russian women did not pursue advanced degrees in economics-related fields; consequently, they did not do economics, and left no formal economic writings.

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