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225 × 147 × 28 mm
248 pages
27 illustrations
12 Oct 2020

Russia as Empire Past and Present Kees Boterbloem

Covering more than 1,000 years of tumultuous history, Russia as Empire shows how the medieval empire of Kyivan Rus’ metamorphosed into today’s Russian Federation. Kees Boterbloem vividly and lucidly describes Russia’s various incarnations and considers how the concept of empire evolved from tsarist Russia to the Soviet Union, and how and why it survives today. He discusses the ideological architects of these empires and the ideas of their political leaders – the tsars, Lenin, Stalin, Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin. Russia as Empire considers the role of the various empires’ inhabitants, from nobility to clergy to communist party members, revealing how and why they adhered to, or believed in, their country’s imperial mission. What emerges is a highly original overview that illuminates the continuities and discontinuities in Russian history.

‘An original synthesis and a stimulating overview of how Russia acquired and maintained its land-based empire.’ — Brian Boeck, Associate Professor of History, DePaul University

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A professor at the University of South Florida, Kees Boterbloem is the author of eleven books, including The Life and Times of Andrei Zhdanov (2004) and Moderniser of Russia: Andrei Vinius, 1641–1716 (2013).

Maps and Illustrations

1. Empire, Imperial Identity and Colonial Rule: The Russian Case
2. Empire by Design or Accident of History?
3. The Russian Empire in Western Eyes
4. Prehistory and Geography: Rus’
5. The Mongols, Siberia and Asia
6. Moscow's Rise: The Impact of the Byzantine, Polish-Lithuanian and Mongolian Empires on Muscovy
7. Troubles
8. From Mikhail to Peter: Composite Empire and Middle Ground
9. The Waning of the Middle Ground: The Russian, French and British Empires, 1721–1853
10. Indirect and Direct Rule: The Russian and British Empires in Asia, 1853–1907
11. Multinational Empires: Russia and Austria-Hungary, 1853–1917
12. The Soviet Union as Empire, 1917–1991
13. Since 1991: Russkii or Rossiiskii?
14. Afterword: Is the Age of Political Empires over?

Photo Acknowledgements