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What People are Saying

“This is a lively, well-researched book with a forceful argument.”—James Gilbert, Journal of Economic History

“A comparative work such as this helps to undercut the historiography of ‘exceptionalism’ that still plagues Russian studies.”—Louise McReynolds, American Historical Review

“A good read.”—The Russian Review

“This book provides a convenient history of three major cities and their similar efforts to mediate differences while solving problems, despite the enormous gaps in their political systems.”—Choice

“[T]his is an impressive work of scholarship.”—Journal of International Migration and Integration

Second Metropolis is conceptually interesting.… Ruble has written a work of history.”—Slavic Review

Chapter List


1. Introduction: From Hegemony to Pragmatic Pluralism

Part I. Three Industrial Giants
2. Porkopolis
3. Russia’s Calico Heart
4. Kitchen of the Country

Part II. Tales of Success and Excess
5. Transit Tussles
6. Educating Moscow’s Workers
7. Prosperity’s Harbor

Part III. Riots and Revolution
8. Charter Failure
9. The Worst-Housed City in Europe
10. Poverty and Riots

Part IV. Conclusion
11. Successful Pragmatic Pluralists: The Practice of Politics without Hegemony
12. The Practice of Pragmatic Pluralism: The City, Transitional Capitalism, and the Meaning of Moscow

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