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Female Entrepreneurs in Nineteenth-Century Russia

Perspectives in Economic and Social History: 2

Galina Ulianova

272pp: 234x156mm: 2009
HB 978 1 85196 967 8: £60/$99

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‘a serious analysis of the development of entrepreneurship’

Russian Review

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This pioneering work comprehensively examines the history of female entrepreneurship in the Russian Empire during nineteenth-century industrial development. According to Russian law, women enjoyed the same property rights as men, so the principle of separate personal property in marriage made it possible for a woman to be independent in business matters.

Ulianova uses statistical information on female entrepreneurs from 1814 to 1900, and sociologically analyzes the data on a wide range of enterprises, from cottage industries to large-scale manufacturing operations. The study also includes lively case histories which reveal the background to a number of family fortunes including instances of bankruptcy and property litigations between close family members.

1 Female Entrepreneurship in the 1800s­–20s: Business and the Issue of Property
2 Female Entrepreneurship in the 1830s–40s: a Hidden Success
3 Female Entrepreneurship in the 1850s–60s: an Unstable Rise
4 Female Entrepreneurship in the 1870s: Family levers in Business Regulation
5 Female Entrepreneurship in the 1880s: the Dictate of Money Inside the Family Circle
6 Female Entrepreneurship in the 1890s: a Breakthrough Towards Independence
  • ‘a serious analysis of the development of entrepreneurship’

    Russian Review

  • 'Ulianova has contributed an altogether new and enlightening chapter to the history of Russian women ... we are much in her debt for this valuable compendium of statistical material and, even more, for her often fascinating sketches of the lives, loves, conflicts, and successes of imperial Russia's businesswomen.'

    American Historical Review

  • 'Ulianova offers a well documented narrative, which offers both information and analyses for business and gender studies and for the history of Russia in area studies.'

    Business History Review

  • 'The great strength of Ulianova's book lies in the careful and detailed archival work she has undertaken that has allowed her to identify and analyse the careers of the women who managed Russian businesses.'

    English Historical Review

  • 'a very detailed and interesting study'

    Women's History Review

  • 'Ulianova’s account makes a significant contribution to our understanding of not only female ownership but also of the changing composition of enterprises in Russia over the nineteenth century and of the mechanisms for the acquisition, transfer and sale of property.'

    European History Quarterly

ISBNs: 9781851969678 978-1-85196-967-8 ISBNs: 9781851966882 978-1-85196-688-2 ISBNs: 9781781441749 978-1-78144-174-9

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