Imperial Russia: New Histories for the Empire

Imperial Russia: New Histories for the Empire

Hardback Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian and East European Studies

Edited by Jane Burbank, Edited by David L. Ransel

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  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 191mm x 18mm | 45g
  • Publication date: 1 November 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Bloomington, IN
  • ISBN 10: 0253334624
  • ISBN 13: 9780253334626
  • Illustrations note: 6 b&w photos

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Presenting the results of new research and fresh approaches, the historians whose work is highlighted here seek to extend new thinking about the way imperial Russian history is studied and taught. Populating their essays are a varied lot of ordinary Russians of the 18th and 19th centuries: a luxury-loving merchant and his extended family, reform-minded clerics, peasant resettlers, soldiers on the frontier, amateur ethnographers, lesser nobles of the provinces and the capitals, founders of the Russian Geographic Society. In contrast to much of traditional historical writing on Imperial Russia, which focused heavily on the causes of its demise, the contributors to this volume investigate the people and institutions that kept imperial Russia functioning over a long period of time. Eschewing grand historical narratives for mini-stories of politics, culture, institutions, or family life, the essays open new directions for scholars and students seeking a better understanding of Russia's fascinating past. This is an Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian and East European Studies.

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Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Jane Burbank and David L. Ransel Part 1: Autocracy: Politics, Ideology, Symbol 1. Kinship Politics/Autocratic Politics: A Reconsideration of Eighteenth-Century Autocratic Culture Valerie A. Kivelson 2. The Idea of Autocracy among Eighteenth-Century Russian Historians Cynthia Hyla Whittaker 3. The Russian Imperial Family as Symbol Richard Wortman Part 2: Imperial Imagination 4. Collecting the Fatherland: Early Nineteenth-Century Proposals for a Russian National Museum Kevin Tyner Thomas 5. Science, Empire and Nationality: The Case of the Russian Geographical Society, 1845-1855 Nathaniel Knight Part 3: Practices of Empire 6. Lines of Uncertainty: The Frontiers of the Northern Caucasus Thomas M. Barrett 7. An Empire of Peasants: Empire-Building, Interethnic Interaction, and Ethnic Stereotyping in the Rural World of the Russian Empire Willard Sunderland 8. The Serf Economy, the Peasant Family and the Social Order Steven L. Hoch 9. Institutionalizing Piety: The Church and Popular Religion, 1750-1850 Gregory L. Freeze Part 4: Individuals and Publics 10. An Eighteenth-Century Russian Merchant Family in Prosperity and Decline David L. Ransel 11. Freemasonry and the Public in Eighteenth-Century Russia Douglas Smith 12. Constructing the Meaning of: The Russian Press in the Age of the Great Reforms Irina Paperno In Place of a Conclusion Jane Burbank Contributors Index