The Estate Origins of Democracy in RussiaFrom Imperial Bourgeoisie to Post-Communist Middle Class
(Cambridge University Press, 2021)
By Tomila Lankina
A devastating challenge to the idea of communism as a 'great leveller', this extraordinarily original, rigorous, and ambitious book debunks Marxism-inspired accounts of the Bolshevik Revolution’s equalitarian consequences.
It is the first study systematically to link the genesis of the 'bourgeoisie-cum-middle class' - Imperial, Soviet, and post-communist - to Tzarist estate institutions which distinguished between nobility, clergy, the urban merchants and meshchane, and peasants.
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This book is the winner of the 2023 Davis Center Book Prize in Political and Social Studies for outstanding monograph on Russia, Eurasia, or Eastern Europe in anthropology, political science, sociology, or geography.
This book is the winner of the 2023 J. David Greenstone Prize for the best book in the Politics and History section of the American Political Science Association.
Tomila's book also received “Honorable Mention” for the Sartori Book Award of the American Political Science Association Organized Section for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research. The Giovanni Sartori Book Award honours Giovanni Sartori's work on qualitative methods and concept formation.