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Adam Smith in Russian Translation: Tatiana V. Artemieva

From the time of Peter the Great Russian proposals for social and economic reform and the ‘modernisation’ of institutions often drew for their substantive and ideological resources upon imports from Western Europe, a particular idea being endowed with especial force simply by virtue of its origin in Western culture. Russian students attending universities in Western Europe formed an important medium for the transmission of ideas eastwards, and it was in just this way that Adam Smith quickly gained a prominent position in the thinking of liberal and reformist circles in nineteenth century Russia.