CInSt Research Seminar "Cultural capital in an early modern elite school: The Noble Cadet Corps in St Petersburg, 1732-1762"
Speaker: Igor Fedyukin (HSE School of History, HSE Centre for Source Studies)
This study employs a unique database covering 2,293 cadets who graduated from the Noble Land Cadet Corps in St Petersburg from 1732–1762 to investigate the role of cultural capital in early modern Russia. Our analysis suggests that within this sample cultural capital was negatively correlated with wealth, but positively with father’s rank within the state service. At the corps itself, wealth and social status of families did not directly affect the success of their sons. The only significant factor of success at this school (promotion to a particular rank at graduation) was the family’s access to “Western” education and cultural skills. The results indicate the state was able to create an institutional framework where the possession of new “imported” knowledge and social skills gave the holder a measurable advantage over his peers. This could be considered one of the mechanisms which contributed to the sustainability of the cultural and social regime created by Peter I.
Fedyukin I., Gabdrakhmanov S. Cultural capital in an early modern elite school: The Noble Cadet Corps in St Petersburg, 1732-1762 // Journal of Interdisciplinary History. 2016. Vol. 46. No. 4. P. 485-516.
Place: 4 Slavyanskaya Square, building 2, room 101-102.
Date and time: November 23, 2017; 4 PM
Free entrance. If you don't have an HSE ID, please send your name and surname to firstname.lastname@example.org before 13:00, November 23.
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