The Russian Empire 1450-1801 by Nancy Shields Kollmann

The Russian Empire 1450-1801

byNancy Shields Kollmann

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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 weregoverned. It considers the Russian empire a "Eurasian empire", characterized by a "politics of difference": the rulers and their elites at the center defined the state's needs minimally - with control over defense, criminal law, taxation, and mobilization of resources - and otherwise tolerated localreligions, languages, cultures, elites, and institutions. The center related to communities and religions vertically, according each a modicum of rights and autonomies, but didn't allow horizontal connections across nobilities, townsmen, or other groups potentially with common interests to coalesce.Thus, the Russian empire was multi-ethnic and multi-religious; Nancy Kollmann gives detailed attention to the major ethnic and religious groups, and surveys the government's strategies of governance - centralized bureaucracy, military reform, and a changed judicial system. The volume pays particular attention to the dissemination of a supranational ideology of political legitimacy in a variety of media - written sources and primarily public ritual, painting, and particularly architecture. Beginning with foundational features, such as geography, climate, demography,and geopolitical situation, The Russian Empire 1450-1801 explores the empire's primarily agrarian economy, serfdom, towns and trade, as well as the many religious groups - primarily Orthodoxy, Islam, and Buddhism. It tracks the emergence of an 'Imperial nobility' and a national self-consciousnessthat was, by the end of the eighteenth century, distinctly imperial, embracing the diversity of the empire's many peoples and cultures.

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Nancy Kollmann has taught early modern Russian history at Stanford University since 1982. Her research has focused on the problem of how politics worked in an autocratic state; she has studied how the great men of the Moscow court received and enhanced their political positions through marriage and kinship, how the tsar's government su...
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Title:The Russian Empire 1450-1801Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9.21 × 6.02 × 0.03 inPublished:February 18, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199280517

ISBN - 13:9780199280513

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PrefaceIntroduction: The Russian Empire 1450-1801Prologue: The Chronological ArcPART I: ASSEMBLING THE EMPIRE1. Land, People, and Global Context2. De Facto Empire: The Rise of Moscow3. Assembling Empire: The First Two Centuries4. Eighteenth-Century Expansion: Siberia and Steppe5. Western Borderlands in the Eighteenth CenturyPART II: THE MUSCOVITE EMPIRE THROUGH THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY6. Broadcasting Legitimacy7. The State Wields its Power8. Trade, Tax, and Production9. Cooptation - Creating an Elite10. Rural Taxpayers - Peasants and Beyond11. Towns and Townsmen12. Varieties of OrthodoxyPART III: THE CENTURY OF EMPIRE: RUSSIA IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY13. Imperial Imaginary and the Political Center14. Army and Administration15. Fiscal Policy and Trade16. Surveillance and Control in Imperial Expansion17. Soslovie, Serfdom, and Society on the Move18. Towns, Townsmen, and Urban Reform19. Confessionalization in a Multiethnic Empire20. Maintaining Orthodoxy21. Nobility, Culture, and Intellectual LifeConclusion: Constructing and Envisioning Empire