Great Economists Since Petty and Boisguilbert
Edited by Gilbert Faccarello and Heinz D. Kurz
Mikhail Ivanovich Tugan-Baranovsky was born on 8 January 1865, in the village of Solenoye near Kharkov (in Ukraine, at that time part of the Russian Empire). He received a classical education in Kiev and Kharkov. In 1883, he enrolled at St Petersburg University (physics and mathematics faculty). In 1886, he was arrested and exiled from St Petersburg to Kharkov for his participation in a student demonstration. He continued his education in Kharkov and in 1888 graduated from the law and science faculties of Kharkov University. In 1894, he received a Master’s degree from Moscow University for a dissertation on industrial cycles and crises published in the same year (Industrial Crises in Contemporary England, Their Causes and Immediate Influence on National Life). His doctoral dissertation, on economic history, was published in 1898: Russian Factory in Past and Present. Historical Development of the Russian Factory in the Nineteenth Century. His academic career was hampered by his political views and public activity. It was interrupted in 1899 when he was dismissed for ‘political unreliability’ and had to leave St Petersburg, spending five, albeit very productive, years on his estate in Poltava Province (Ukraine). During these years he was very active as an author, editor and founder (along with P.B. Struve) of two pro-Marxist journals, Novoe slovo (New Word) and Nachalo (The Beginning). His articles were published in Mir Bozhii (God’s World), Nauchnoe obozrenie (Scientific Review), and other journals. Tugan-Baranovsky returned to St Petersburg University in 1905, but finally moved to St Petersburg only...
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