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The Russian Empire 1450-1801

Nancy Shields Kollmann


Being an empire is inseparable from modern Russian identity and historical experience: the Russian empire was founded in the early modern era and endures in large part today. The Russian Empire 1450–1801 surveys how Russia’s many subject areas were conquered and how the empire was governed. 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 (control over defense, taxation and mobilization of resources, criminal law) and otherwise tolerated local religions, languages, cul ... More

Keywords: empire, ethnic groups, politics of difference, Ukraine, Belarus, Siberia, Crimea, Eurasia, architecture, dynasty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199280513
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280513.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy Shields Kollmann, author
William H. Bonsall Professor in History, Department of History, Stanford University