Denis Fonvizin and the Concept of Nobility: An Eighteenth-century Russian Echo of a Western Debate

@article{Offord2005DenisFA,
  title={Denis Fonvizin and the Concept of Nobility: An Eighteenth-century Russian Echo of a Western Debate},
  author={Derek C Offord},
  journal={European History Quarterly},
  year={2005},
  volume={35},
  pages={38 - 9}
}
  • D. Offord
  • Published 1 January 2005
  • Sociology
  • European History Quarterly
The article examines the contribution made by Denis Fonvizin, one of the major men of letters of the age of Catherine the Great, to debate about the status and function of the eighteenth-century Russian nobility. This contribution is set in the context of changes in the balance between the nobility’s obligations to the state and the privileges it enjoyed and in the context of contemporary court politics. Aware of western debates on the subject, Fonvizin approves of engagement by the nobility in… Expand

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