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

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

by Geoffrey Hosking
     
 

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… See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674781191
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/15/1998
Edition description:
Enlarged Edition
Pages:
578
Sales rank:
1,531,589
Product dimensions:
1.17(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Hosking is retired Professor of Russian History at the University College London.

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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