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'Village Culture'

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The major programme of replacement of slum housing was at the heart of the revitalization of Kazan. The restoration of the House of Kekin was not only an example of the participation of private capital in the revitalization of Kazan, but, in many respects, also a charitable undertaking. It is because the restoration of historical and cultural monuments burdens the investor with many rules and regulations, thus constraining the building work and incurring heavy costs, especially in the reconstruction of engineering communications. The term regional elite used by political scientists in the way a pathologist employs a scalpel, always fascinates the author when applied universally to all non-Western societies. After the fall of Kazan in October 1552, all her Tatar inhabitants were exiled beyond the city limits, and her original urban population was forced to settle in the countryside.

Keywords: House of Kekin; Kazan; regional elite; slum housing; Tatarstan



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