Russia's Orient

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"... the first study of the Russian Empire in English which attempts in a sophisticated way, using the latest developments in colonial studies, to deal not only with imperial rule but with the mutual encounter with the non-Russian peoples.... a new paradigm for looking at the imperial history of tsarist Russia." —Ronald Grigor Suny

"... ambitious, wide-ranging, and ultimately provocative... " —Slavic Review

"This excellent volume draws on the expertise of both young and established specialists... the volume is a pleasure to read." —American

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Overview

"... the first study of the Russian Empire in English which attempts in a sophisticated way, using the latest developments in colonial studies, to deal not only with imperial rule but with the mutual encounter with the non-Russian peoples.... a new paradigm for looking at the imperial history of tsarist Russia." —Ronald Grigor Suny

"... ambitious, wide-ranging, and ultimately provocative... " —Slavic Review

"This excellent volume draws on the expertise of both young and established specialists... the volume is a pleasure to read." —American Historical Review

"... a major step toward ‘discovering Russian Asia’... a job well done." —The Russian Review

Russia’s Orient investigates the relationship between the Russian Empire and the non-Russian peoples of its southern and eastern borderlands from the 18th to the early 20th centuries.

Indiana University Press

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Daniel Brower is Professor of History at the University of California–Davis. He is author of The Russian City between Tradition and Modernity. Edward J. Lazzerini is Professor of History at the University of New Orleans. He has published extensively on the history of European Russia’s major Turkic peoples.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Note on Transliteration and Terminology
Pt. 1 Empire and Orient 1
1 "Ignoble Savages and Unfaithful Subjects": Constructing Non-Christian Identities in Early Modern Russia 9
2 Naturalists versus Nations: Eighteenth-Century Russian Scholars Confront Ethnic Diversity 27
3 Empire and Citizenship 58
4 Nineteenth-Century Russian Mythologies of Caucasian Savagery 80
5 From Savagery to Citizenship: Caucasian Mountaineers and Muslims in the Russian Empire 101
6 Islam and Ethnicity: Russian Colonial Policy in Turkestan 115
7 Russian Orientalism at an Impasse: Tsarist Education Policy and the 1910 Conference on Islam 138
Pt. 2 Frontier Encounters 163
8 Local Accommodation and Resistance to Colonialism in Nineteenth-Century Crimea 169
9 Representations of Russia in Central Asian Jadid Discourse 188
10 Historical Memory, Cultural Identity, and Change: Mirza 'Abd al-'Aziz Sami's Representation of the Russian Conquest of Bukhara 203
11 Crossing Boundaries: The Trading Frontiers of the Terek Cossacks 227
12 Barimta: Nomadic Custom, Imperial Crime 249
13 Constructing an Islamic Identity: The Case of Elyshevo Village in the Nineteenth Century 271
14 Empire and Savagery: The Politics of Primitivism in Late Imperial Russia 292
Conclusion 311
Bibliography 317
Contributors 333
Index 335
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