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The Russian Empire 1450-1801$
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Nancy Shields Kollmann

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280513

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280513.001.0001

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Constructing and Envisioning Empire

(p.450) Conclusion
The Russian Empire 1450-1801

Nancy Shields Kollmann

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter addresses the issue of national consciousness, which for the Russian empire by the end of the eighteenth century remained “imperial” rather than “Russifying.” Catherine II reveled in the diversity of her subject peoples and like her predecessors envisioned the empire as a harmonious integration of many ethnicities, languages, cultures, and religions. The Conclusion ends by summarizing the themes of the work, leading to reflections on how the eighteenth century produced social groups of literate professionals who in the next century went on to staff a more professional bureaucracy and local government. Eighteenth-century sensibilities, reforms, and social groups put Russia on the road to the important mid-nineteenth century reforms of law, serfdom, and society.

Keywords:   national consciousness, imperial identity, Europeanization, architecture, Ukraine, Central Asia, Siberia, Livonia, Russification, empire of difference

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