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The Russian Empire 1450-1801

Author: Nancy Shields Kollmann
Publisher: Oxford, Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2017. ©2017
Series: Oxford history of early modern Europe.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Modern Russian identity and historical experience has been largely shaped by Russia's imperial past: an empire that was founded in the early modern era and endures in large part today. The Russian Empire 1450-1801 surveys how the areas that made up the empire were conquered and how they were governed. It considers the Russian empire a 'Eurasian empire', characterized by a 'politics of difference': the rulers and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Shields Kollmann
ISBN: 9780199280513 0199280517
OCLC Number: 969962873
Awards: Winner of Honorable Mention: 2017 Prize of the Association of Women in Slavic Studies, for 'Best book by a woman in any area of Slavic/East European/Eurasian Studies'. Honorable Mention: Early Slavic Studies Association 2017 Book Prize, for 'Outstanding recent scholarly monograph on pre-modern Slavdom'..
Description: xii, 497 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The Russian empire 1450-1801 --
Prologue: The chronological arc --
Part I. Assembling the empire --
Land, people, and global context --
De facto empire: The rise of Moscow --
Assembling empire: The first centuries --
Eighteenth-century expansion: Siberia and Steppe --
Western borderlands in the eighteenth century --
Part II. The Muscovite empire through the seventeenth century --
Broadcasting legitimacy --
The state wields its power --
Trade, tax, and production --
Co-optation: Creating an elite --
Rural taxpayers: Peasants and beyond --
Towns and townsmen --
Varieties of orthodoxy --
Part III. The century of empire: Russia in the eighteenth century --
Imperial imaginary and the political center --
Army and administration --
Fiscal policy and trade --
Surveillance and control in imperial expansion --
Soslovie, serfs, and society on the move --
Towns, townsmen, and urban reform --
Confessionalization in a multi-ethnic empire --
Maintaining orthodoxy --
Nobility, culture, and intellectual life --
Conclusion: Constructing and envisioning empire.
Series Title: Oxford history of early modern Europe.
Responsibility: Nancy Shields Kollmann.

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