Russia's Steppe Frontier: The Making Of A Colonial Empire, 1500-1800

Paperback | December 15, 2004

byMichael Khodarkovsky

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"Khodarkovsky provides a detailed chronological narrative of Russia's steppe relations, which conveys brilliantly the depth of Moscow's engagement in the world of steppe politics.... This is counterbalanced by insightful thematic discussion of the perennial issues involved.... Altogether, an excellent study of a vital dimension of Russia's historical evolution." -Slavonic and East European Review

"... the first connected account of Moscow's assertion of military and political control over its steppe frontier. The book's scope is impressive, as it traces the transformation of a turbulent steppe frontier into an imperial borderland.... a signal contribution to our understanding of European history." -American Historical Review

Drawing on sources and archival materials in Russian and Turkic languages, Russia's Steppe Frontier presents a complex picture of the encounter between indigenous peoples and the Russians. An original and invaluable resource for understanding Russia's imperial experience.

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"Khodarkovsky provides a detailed chronological narrative of Russia's steppe relations, which conveys brilliantly the depth of Moscow's engagement in the world of steppe politics.... This is counterbalanced by insightful thematic discussion of the perennial issues involved.... Altogether, an excellent study of a vital dimension of Russ...

Michael Khodarkovsky is Associate Professor of History at Loyola University of Chicago. He is author of Where Two Worlds Met: The Russian State and the Kalmyk Nomads, 1600-1771 and co-editor (with Robert Geraci) of Of Religion and Empire: Missions, Conversion, and Tolerance in the Russian Empire.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.8 inPublished:December 15, 2004Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253217709

ISBN - 13:9780253217707

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Sociology of the Frontier, or Why Peace Was Impossible
2. Frontier Concepts and Policies in Muscovy
3. Taming the "Wild Steppe," 1480-1600s
4. From Steppe Frontier to Imperial Borderlands, 1600-1800
5. Concepts and Policies in the Imperial Borderlands, 1690s-1800
Conclusion

Glossary
List of Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"No other work treats Moscow's colonial expansion to the south and east so competently. The story of Slavic expansion and acquisition alone would make the volume indispensable to the early modern Russian historian. What makes Khodarkovsky's book most significant, however, is the voice he gives to the peoples of the steppe." -Russia