Talk: 'the pursuit of distinction and the justification of privilege': the Russian elite in 1815 and 2015
Professor Andreas Schonle and Dr Elisabeth Schimpfossl compare and contrast the Russian aristocracy of the early nineteenth century with Putin's oligarchs. How do these elites account for their privileges and understand the "service" they render to society, and what are the narratives they develop to justify why they should be treated as equals by the West? In English. This is a GB Russia Society event and all are welcome.