The Economy and Material Culture of Russia, 1600-1725

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 15, 1999 - Business & Economics - 671 pages
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In this extraordinary and definitive study of the Russian economy from 1600-1725, Richard Hellie offers a glimpse of the material life of the people of Muscovy during that tumultuous period—how they lived, what they ate, how they were taxed, what their wages allowed them to enjoy. Making these determinations required more than a decade of work and analysis of over 107,000 records. The resulting book devotes chapters to each category of consumer goods, in which transactions involving the product are summarized. Hellie further provides notes and commentary on the transactions to locate their place in the full Russian economy.

Impressive in scope and data analysis, Economy and Material Culture of Russia, 1600-1725 will be an invaluable resource and reference work for all readers interested in economic history and the history of material culture. Since there is no comparable one-volume work for any other society at any other time in history, Hellie's is a truly unique and profound achievement.

  

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Contents

Background l
3
Agricultural Products
12
Domesticated Animals and Fowl
39
Wild Animals and Furs
53
Fish and FishSea Products
85
Forest Products
109
Construction Materials
127
Metals and Minerals Chemicals Gunpowder and Currencies
141
l6 Textiles
285
l7 Notions and Linens
328
l8 Clothing and Accessories
346
l9 Real Estate
387
Wages
413
2l Vehicles and Transportation Costs
474
Services and Income Transfers
498
Taxes Fees Fines
536

l0 Paints Ink Dyes and Oils
167
Gems Perfumes Spices Drugs and Jewelry
177
Metal and Glass Objects
202
Wood Including Furniture
238
Books Candles Paper Rope Rugs Tapestries and Tents
254
l5 Hides Leather Horn Feathers and Bristles
271
The Cases of M I Tatishchev l608 and V V
571
Conclusion
628
Units
646
Bibliography
654
Index
663
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