By Jane Burbank
Russian Empire bargains new views at the suggestions of imperial rule pursued via rulers, officers, students, and topics of the Russian empire. a world crew of students explores the connections among Russia's enlargement over significant territories occupied via humans of many ethnicities, religions, and political studies and the evolution of imperial management and imaginative and prescient. The clean learn mirrored during this cutting edge quantity finds the ways that the realities of maintaining imperial energy in a multiethnic, multiconfessional, scattered, and diffuse atmosphere encouraged political imaginaries and set limits on what the nation might accomplish. Taken jointly, those wealthy essays supply vital new frameworks for figuring out Russia's imperial geography of energy.
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Cornell University Press, 2001); V. O. : Cornell University Press, 2005). 5. Among publications resulting from collaborative projects, see Daniel R. Brower and Edward J. , Russia’s Orient: Imperial Borderlands and Peoples, 1700– 1917 (Bloomington: Indiana University Press: 1997); Jane Burbank and David L. , Kazan, Moscow, St. , 1997); Robert P. : Cornell University Press, 2001). The new journals Kritika and Ab Imperium both focus on imperial topics. 6. A forerunner of the present volume appeared in Russian in 1997, based on the work of a seminar sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the Moscow Social Science Foundation: Imperskii stroi Rossii v regional’nom izmerenii (XIX–nachalo XX veka).
Starting with territory should not entail a return to the dichotomy of center and periphery. Instead, study of Russia suggests that imperial space can be regarded in more open-ended, variegated ways. Muscovy was a spreading center, not a ¤xed one. State power over®owed into adjacent lands, drawing some into the heartland, but leaving the boundary between “Russian” and other areas unclear. The Russian imperial polity had at least two metropoles, St. Petersburg and Moscow, with different claims to superiority based on different measures of the cities’ worth.
See in particular Grant, In the Soviet House of Culture; Caroline Humphrey, Marx Went and Karl Stayed Behind (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1998); Kappeler, The Russian Empire; Slezkine, Arctic Mirrors. 10. Hirsch, “The Soviet Union as a Work-in-Progress: Ethnographers and the Category Nationality in the 1926, 1937, and 1939 Censuses,” Slavic Review 56, no. 2 (Summer 1997): 251–278. 11. See Yuri Slezkine’s article, “Naturalists versus Nations: Eighteenth-Century Scholars Confront Ethnic Diversity,” Representations 47 (Summer 1994): 170–195, on the emergence of uncertainty and attempts to overcome it.
Russian Empire: Space, People, Power, 1700-1930 (Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian and East European Studies) by Jane Burbank