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Published: 05 January 2017

448 Pages


ISBN: 9780199924394

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Russia's Empires

Valerie A. Kivelson and Ronald Suny

  • Explores the long history of Russia, the Soviet Union, and the present Russian Federation through the lens of empire to discover how and why Russia expanded to become the largest country on the globe and repeatedly fell under the sway of strong, authoritarian leaders.
  • Follows imperial patterns of rule through distinction, inclusion through reciprocity, and structures for legitimacy in order to trace the experiences of empire by both rulers and ruled.
  • Traces the coalescence and development of imperial relationships across more than a thousand years.
  • Examines how imperial practices shaped choices and limited alternatives.
  • Brings histories of the peripheries and of the growth and rule of empire into central narratives based in Moscow and Leningrad or Petersburg, in order to understand all the pieces as part of an interrelated whole.
  • Accessible and interpretive, the book offers an inclusive analysis of all the pieces and peoples that entered the Russian orbit at various moments in history.
  • Amply illustrated with 32 maps and 51 photographs.

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