Networks, Fields, and Political Economy in Fin-De-Siècle Russia: The Life and Work of Nikolai Sieber

  • Danila Raskov
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Abstract

This chapter turns our attention to an individual, Nikolai Sieber, who played an important role in introducing Marx to Russian economics. In telling part of Sieber’s story (drawn from a broader project on Sieber’s life and work), this chapter problematizes the personal biography as more than one individual’s personality, knowledge, and tastes—rather, that biography is the sedimentation of experiences in different fields that the actor carriers forward. For Sieber, as for many young scholars, three fields of experience were important: the university setting as experiences of intellectual challenge, growth, and mentoring; travel abroad for purposes of study, and thus exposure to fields of intellectual discourse and practice different from those in Russia; and publication as a means for shaping discourses, raising one’s status, and making a living. The journey through part of Sieber’s life is also a journey through intersecting field forces.

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  • Danila Raskov
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  1. 1.Faculty of Economics, Department of Economic TheorySt. Petersburg State UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia

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