Russia: People and Empire, 1552-1917 / Edition 1

Russia: People and Empire, 1552-1917 / Edition 1

by Geoffrey Hosking
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674781198

ISBN-13: 9780674781191

Pub. Date: 10/15/1998

Publisher: Harvard

The Soviet Union crumbles and Russia rises from the rubble, once again the great nation--a perfect scenario, but for one point: Russia was never a nation. And this, says the eminent historian Geoffrey Hosking, is at the heart of the Russians' dilemma today, as they grapple with the rudiments of nationhood. His book is about the Russia that never was, a

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The Soviet Union crumbles and Russia rises from the rubble, once again the great nation--a perfect scenario, but for one point: Russia was never a nation. And this, says the eminent historian Geoffrey Hosking, is at the heart of the Russians' dilemma today, as they grapple with the rudiments of nationhood. His book is about the Russia that never was, a three-hundred-year history of empire building at the expense of national identity.

Russia begins in the sixteenth century, with the inception of one of the most extensive and diverse empires in history. Hosking shows how this undertaking, the effort of conquering, defending, and administering such a huge mixture of territories and peoples, exhausted the productive powers of the common people and enfeebled their civic institutions. Neither church nor state was able to project an image of "Russian-ness" that could unite elites and masses in a consciousness of belonging to the same nation. Hosking depicts two Russias, that of the gentry and of the peasantry, and reveals how the gap between them, widened by the Tsarist state's repudiation of the Orthodox messianic myth, continued to grow throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Here we see how this myth, on which the empire was originally based, returned centuries later in the form of the revolutionary movement, which eventually swept away the Tsarist Empire but replaced it with an even more universalist one. Hosking concludes his story in 1917, but shows how the conflict he describes continues to affect Russia right up to the present day.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674781191
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
10/15/1998
Edition description:
Enlarged Edition
Pages:
578
Sales rank:
1,024,333
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Maps

The Expansion of Muscovy in the 16th and 17th Centuries

The Expansion of the Russian Empire in the 18th Century

Russian Expansion under Catherine the Great

Russia at its Greatest Extent

Acknowledgements

Introduction

The Russian Empire: How and Why

State-Building

The First Crises of Empire

The Secular State of Peter the Great

Assimilating Peter's Heritage

The Apogee of the Secular State

Social Classes, Religion and Culture in Imperial Russia

The Nobility

The Army

The Peasantry

The Orthodox Church

Towns and the Missing Bourgeoisie

The Birth of the Intelligentsia

Literature as 'Nation-Builder'

Imperial Russia under Pressure

The Reforms of Alexander II

Russian Socialism

Russification

The Revolution of 1905-7

The Duma Monarchy

Conclusions

Afterthoughts on the Soviet Experience

Chronology

Notes

Index

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