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"Book on Poverty and Wealth" by I. T. Pososhkov as the Russian Model of "Sovereign Literature"

"Book on Poverty and Wealth" by I. T. Pososhkov as the Russian Model of "Sovereign Literature"

Journal of Institutional studies, , Vol. 6 (no. 1),
p. 13-29

The author analyzes the «Books on Poverty and Wealth» by I. T. Pososhkov as Russian- style «sovereign literature». The historical context of the era, when the book was written, is explored; the influence of Eastern and Western traditions of economic thought is shown. The author examines the pros and cons of the alternative program of Peter modernization proposed by Pososhkov; features of author’s mercantilist and cameralist motives, as well as the historical fate of Russia in the case of implementing the ideas lurking book are disclosed.

Keywords: Russian economic thought; Oriental despotism; mercantilism; cameralism; modernization

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