This paper examines articles published in the journals “The Transactions of Imperial Agricultural Society of Southern Russia” and “The Proceedings of Imperial Free Economic Society” between 1846 and 1847. Those publications were devoted to the Russian grain trade in European markets. The journals of imperial societies of agriculture and economy disseminated European experiences in Russia and highlighted the most outstanding achievements of agriculture within the country. However, in the context of the crop failures occurring in 1846 and 1847 in Europe, those titles drew attention not only to the technological features of grain production and the economic structure of different countries, but also to the prospects of grain sales. A high level of interest in the issue of Russian grain export to Europe was registered in the publications in “The Transactions of Imperial Agricultural Society of Southern Russia”. The issue of the grain trade with Great Britain gained special attention, because the repeal of the Corn laws in the summer of 1846 opened up new possibilities for a more stable export of Russian grain. Those conditions were made possible by the introduction of the constant minimal import duty. The authoring team concluded that the selected journals of the middle of XIXth century covered the Corn Laws in England, but did not mention the political aspects of this issue. On the pages of the magazines, experts rapturously commented on the sharp increase of Russian grain exports, and meanwhile, considered what measures had to be taken in order to satisfy the European demand for grain in subsequent years. At the same time, the experts stressed the fact that the demand for Russian grain that had suddenly increased between 1846 and 1847 can, in the future, vary unpredictably.
|Translated title of the contribution||Perspectives of Russian Grain Exports in 1846 (based on the Printed Output of the Imperial Agricultural Society of Southern Russia and the Imperial Free Economy Society)|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2018|
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- Political Science and International Relations