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Working paper

The Trubetskoi Circle: Aristocratic Petit-Maîtres in Mod-Eighteenth Century St Petersburg

Humanities. HUM. Basic Research Programme, 2017. No. WP BRP 156/HUM/2017.
This paper is an attempt to reconstruct the social and cultural life of young aristocrats in mid-eighteenth century St Petersburg by focusing on one aristocratic circle, one that revolved around Prince Nikita Trubetskoi, the procurator-general. In particular it traces the ways on which sociable behavior and libertine practices intertwined with early traces of “Enlightenment,” affective turn, and discoursing on imporartnt societal issues such as the rules of noble service and the status of the nobility