Human Capital Multidisciplinary Research Center

1.2.1 Human Potential in Russia in the Modern Period

Igor Fedyukin
Project Leader

Context of Research Project within a Subject of Human Capital

The formation of human potential is a time-stretched process. Human potential accumulates over decades and generations, and institutions that contribute to the formation of human potential, such as family, social structures, educational institutions, value systems, and others have even greater inertia. These institutions, as well as policies aimed at the formation of human potential, are created in a certain historical context and cannot be understood outside of it. The Soviet Union, and the Russian Empire before it, is a particularly important example in this regard, since over the past three centuries our state has traditionally perceived human potential as a source of economic growth and consciously worked on its development.

The research project Human Potential in Russia in the Modern Period focuses on the formation of human potential in the XVIII century, since it is in the era of Peter the Great the policy of “nurturing” human potential and using it as a development resource in Russia began to be consciously pursued by the state.

Project Aim

Conducting an interdisciplinary study of the history of human potential and the state policies aimed at developing human potential in Russia in the “long” XVIII century.

Project objectives:

  1. Assessing the dynamics of investments in human potential development and analysis of the role of the education system as a tool for human potential development in Russia in the “long “ XVIII century
  2. Analyzing the role of Russia as a global innovator in the field of social engineering, exploring examples of exporting Russian models of the formation and use of human potential abroad
  3. Studying the influence of social, estate, and class structure on the processes of human potential formation in Russia in the “long” XVIII century
  4. Studying the history of importing human potential and managing the influx of highly qualified specialists to Russia in of the “long” XVIII century

Key Findings

2020

The history of the formation and evolution of ideas about human capital, subjects/citizens as a “resource” and the methods of managing this resource for economic development in the Russian Empire and in Russia in the “long” XVIII century has been analyzed.

2021

The role of the education system as an instrument of development of human potential has been analyzed, and the influence of social, estate, and class structure on the processes of human potential formation in Russia in the “long” XVIII century has been studied.

Publications

  1. Rusakovsky O.  Certain Observant Touching the City and the Empire of Muscovia: an Unknown English-language Description of Russia and the Problem of Authorship // Quaestio Rossica. 2022. Vol. 10. No. 1. pp. 255-272.
  2. Rusakovskiy O. Foreign Military Law and Mercenary Contract in Seventeenth-Century Russia: The Сase of the Smolensk War, 1632–1634 // Russian History. 2022. Vol. 48. No. 2. P. 187-210.

Conferences

  1. Round table Human Potential in the Historical Dimension (RU) (Moscow, Russia, October 15, 2021)
  2. Seminar Stratification of the Russian Local Nobility of the Mid– Second Half of the XVIII Century (RU) (Moscow, Russia, December 2, 2021)