Russias Empires

Paperback | November 11, 2016

byValerie A. Kivelson, Ronald Suny

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Russia's Empires explores the long history of Russia, the Soviet Union, and the present Russian Federation through the lens of empire, analyzing how and why Russia expanded to become the largest country on the globe and how it repeatedly fell under the sway of strong, authoritarian leaders.Authors Valerie Kivelson and Ronald Grigor Suny examine how imperial practices shaped choices and limited alternatives. Using the concept of empire, they look at the ways in which ordinary people imagined their position within a non-democratic polity - whether the Muscovite tsardom or the SovietUnion-and what concessions the rulers had to make, or appear to make, in order to establish their authority and preserve their rule. Russia's Empires tackles the long history of the region, following the vicissitudes of empire - the absence, the coalescence, and the setbacks of imperial aspirations - across the centuries. The framework of empire allows the authors to address pressing questions of how various forms ofnon-democratic governance managed to succeed and survive, or, alternatively, what caused them to collapse and disappear. Studying Russia's extensive history in an imperial guise encourages students to pay attention to forms of inclusion, displays of reciprocity, and manifestations of ideology thatmight otherwise go unnoted, overlooked under the bleak record of coercion and oppression that so often characterizes ideas about Russia.

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Russia's Empires explores the long history of Russia, the Soviet Union, and the present Russian Federation through the lens of empire, analyzing how and why Russia expanded to become the largest country on the globe and how it repeatedly fell under the sway of strong, authoritarian leaders.Authors Valerie Kivelson and Ronald Grigor Sun...

Valerie Kivelson is Thomas N. Tentler Collegiate Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History at the University of Michigan. She is the author of several books, including Desperate Magic: The Moral Economy of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Russia (2013) and Cartographies of Tsardom: The Land and Its Meanings in Seventeenth-C...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 11, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199924392

ISBN - 13:9780199924394

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"Russia's Empires provides an elegant, stimulating, and comprehensive account of Russian history, placing the management of imperial diversity at the heart of the narrative. It is both readable and rigorous, and should help to introduce a new generation of students to the many fascinations ofRussia's imperial past and present." --Alexander Stephen Morrison, Nazarbayev University