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Prof Schonle to speak on the Russian elite at Pushkin House

4 March 2016

Prof Schonle and Elisabeth Schimpfossl (SEESS/UCL) will deliver a paper entitled "The pursuit of distinction and the justification of privilege: the Russian elite in 1815 and 2015" at Pushkin House on 4 May 2016. This talk will compare and contrast the Russian aristocracy of the early nineteenth century with Putin's oligarchs, focusing on the ways these elites account for their privileges and understand the "service" they render to society, as well as the narratives they develop to justify why they should be treated as equals by the West.



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