Russia's People of Empire

Russia's People of Empire : Life Stories from Eurasia, 1500 to the Present

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A fundamental dimension of the Russian historical experience has been the diversity of its people and cultures, religions and languages, landscapes and economies. For six centuries this diversity was contained within the sprawling territories of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union, and it persists today in the entwined states and societies of the former USSR. Russia's People of Empire explores this enduring multicultural world through life stories of 31 individuals -- famous and obscure, high born and low, men and women -- that illuminate the cross-cultural exchanges at work from the late 1500s to post-Soviet Russia. Working on the scale of a single life, these micro-histories shed new light on the multicultural character of the Russian Empire, which both shaped individuals' lives and in turn was shaped by them.show more

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 160 x 240 x 32mm | 680.39g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 30 b&w illustrations, 4 maps
  • 0253001765
  • 9780253001764

About Willard Sunderland

Stephen M. Norris is Associate Professor of History at Miami University of Ohio. He is author of A War of Images: Russian Popular Prints, Wartime Culture, and National Identity and editor (with Helena Goscilo) of Preserving Petersburg: History, Memory, Nostalgia (IUP, 2008) and (with Zara Torlone) of Insiders and Outsiders in Russian Cinema (IUP, 2008). Willard Sunderland is Associate Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati and author of Taming the Wild Field: Colonization and Empire on the Russian Steppe.show more

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"This is the first book, to my knowledge, to present such compelling, nuanced and sustained portraits of personalities stamped with the varied practices of Russian/Soviet imperial multiculturalism... I anticipate that it will become a classic." Roberts Crews, Stanford Universityshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments; Chronology; Maps Introduction by Stephen M. Norris and Willard Sunderland; 1. Ermak, 1530s/40s-1585 / Willard Sunderland; 2. Simeon Bekbulatovich, ?-1616 / Donald Ostrowski; 3. Timofei Ankudinov, 1609-1653 / Maureen Perrie; 4. Gavril Romanov Nikitin, -1698" / Erika Monahan; 5. Boris Kurakin, 1676-1727 / Ernest Zitser; 6. Mikhail Lomonosov, 1711-1765 / Michael Gordin; 7. Catherine the Great, 1729-1796 / Hilde Hoogenboom; 8. Petr Bagration 1765-1812 / Sean Pollock; 9. Johannes Ambrosius Rosenstrauch, 1768-1835 / Alexander Martin; 10. Imam Shamil, 1797-1871 / Rebecca Gould; 11. Zalumma Agra, 1864 / Charles King; 12. Adam Mickiewicz, 1798-1855 / Ted Weeks; 13. Archbishop Innokentii, 1800-1857 / Mara Kozelsky; 14. Nikolai Gogol, 1809-1852 / Edyta Bojanowska; 15. Anton Rubenstein, 1829-1894 / Richard Stites; 16. Aleksandr Borodin, 1833-1887 / Dave Schimmelpenninck; 17. Kutlu-Muhammed Tevkelev and Family (1850-?) / Charles Steinwedel; 18. P.A. Badmaev, 1851-1919 / David McDonald; 19. Ekaterina Sabashnikova-Baranovskaia, 1859-? / Barbara Alpern Engel; 20. Carl Gustav Emil Mannerheim, 1867-1951 / Bradley Woodworth; 21. Matilde Kshesinskaia, 1872-1971 / Krista Sigler; 22. Joseph Stalin, 1879-1953 / Ron Suny; 23. Anna Akhmatova, 1889-1966 / Alexandra Harrington; 24. Aleksandr Germano, 1893-1955 / Brigid O'Keeffe; 25. Lazar Kaganovich, 1893-1991 / Hiroaki Kuromiya; 26. Dziga Vertov, 1896-1954 / John MacKay; 27. Mukhtar Auezov, 1897-1961 / Michael Rouland; 28. Jahon Obidova, 1900-1967 / Marianne Kamp; 29. Olzhas Suleimenov, 1936- / Marlene Laruelle; 30. Boris Akunin (Grigorii Chkhartishvili), 1956 / Stephen Norris; 31. Vladislav Surkov, 1964- / Karen Dawisha Notes; List of Contributors; Indexshow more

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