Charles A. Ruud and Sergei A. Stepanov. Fontanka 16: The Tsar's Secret Police. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999. xxvi, 394 pp. $39.95. Cdn.

Charles A. Ruud and Sergei A. Stepanov. Fontanka 16: The Tsar's Secret Police. Montreal &... Grant also finds little evidence that the firm was controlled by the banks that owned so many o f its shares. Earlier studies tended to treat the Putilov as a passive object of the banks, while Grant posits that the board was an actor in its own right and took advantage o f the competition among different banks. Finally, in a fascinating discussion that straddles both sides o f the Atlantic, Grant expertly situates Russia in the larger context o f steel cartels that rnade Russia much more the rule than the excep- tion. These arguments are made without the benefit o f the b o a r d ' s archive, to which Grant did not gain access. (He did gain access to bank and ministerial materials housed in the same Russian State Historical Archive.) The board's archive may allow for closer scrutiny of the role o f t h e banks and the ministries in the firm's decision- making process and strategies. Even without these sources, Grant's study is distin- guished by its' intelligence and critical analysis, and it reopens the question of what, if anything, made the case of Russian entrepreneurship distinctive. Yanni Kotsonis New http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Canadian-American Slavic Studies Brill

Charles A. Ruud and Sergei A. Stepanov. Fontanka 16: The Tsar's Secret Police. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999. xxvi, 394 pp. $39.95. Cdn.

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Grant also finds little evidence that the firm was controlled by the banks that owned so many o f its shares. Earlier studies tended to treat the Putilov as a passive object of the banks, while Grant posits that the board was an actor in its own right and took advantage o f the competition among different banks. Finally, in a fascinating discussion that straddles both sides o f the Atlantic, Grant expertly situates Russia in the larger context o f steel cartels that rnade Russia much more the rule than the excep- tion. These arguments are made without the benefit o f the b o a r d ' s archive, to which Grant did not gain access. (He did gain access to bank and ministerial materials housed in the same Russian State Historical Archive.) The board's archive may allow for closer scrutiny of the role o f t h e banks and the ministries in the firm's decision- making process and strategies. Even without these sources, Grant's study is distin- guished by its' intelligence and critical analysis, and it reopens the question of what, if anything, made the case of Russian entrepreneurship distinctive. Yanni Kotsonis New

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