Russia's People of Empire: Life Stories from Eurasia, 1500 to the Present [NOOK Book]

Overview

A fundamental dimension of the Russian historical experience has been the diversity
of its people and cultures, religions and languages, landscapes and economies. For six centuries
this diversity was contained within the sprawling territories of the Russian Empire and the Soviet
Union, and it persists today...

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Russia's People of Empire: Life Stories from Eurasia, 1500 to the Present

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Overview

A fundamental dimension of the Russian historical experience has been the diversity
of its people and cultures, religions and languages, landscapes and economies. For six centuries
this diversity was contained within the sprawling territories of the Russian Empire and the Soviet
Union, and it persists today in the entwined states and societies of the former USSR. Russia's
People of Empire explores this enduring multicultural world through life stories of 31
individuals—famous and obscure, high born and low, men and women—that illuminate the
cross-cultural exchanges at work from the late 1500s to post-Soviet Russia. Working on the
scale of a single life, these microhistories shed new light on the multicultural character of the
Russian Empire, which both shaped individuals' lives and in turn was shaped by them.

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Editorial Reviews

Roberts Crews

"This is the first book, to my knowledge, to present such compelling, nuanced and sustained portraits of personalities stamped with the varied practices of Russian/Soviet imperial multiculturalism.... I anticipate that it will become a classic." —Roberts Crews, Stanford University

Choice

"This compilation of examples that spans 500 years of history and includes both the famous and the lesser known gives readers a more in-depth, personal understanding of how the inescapable existence of diversity in Russia and the Soviet Union related to everyday life... Highly recommended.
" —Choice

Slavic Review

"[T]his collection offers a fresh and lively approach to understanding how the various Russian empires have worked." —Slavic Review

From the Publisher

"This is the first book, to my knowledge, to present such compelling, nuanced and sustained portraits of personalities stamped with the varied practices of Russian/Soviet imperial multiculturalism.... I anticipate that it will become a classic." —Roberts Crews, Stanford
University

Choice

"This compilation of examples that spans 500 years of history and includes both the famous and the lesser known gives readers a more in-depth, personal understanding of how the inescapable existence of diversity in Russia and the Soviet Union related to everyday life... Highly recommended.
" —Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253001849
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Stephen M. Norris is Associate Professor of History at Miami University of Ohio. He
is author of A War of Images: Russian Popular Prints, Wartime Culture, and National Identity and
editor (with Helena Goscilo) of Preserving Petersburg: History, Memory, Nostalgia (IUP, 2008) and
(with Zara Torlone) of Insiders and Outsiders in Russian Cinema (IUP, 2008).

Willard Sunderland is Associate Professor of History at the University of
Cincinnati and author of Taming the Wild Field: Colonization and Empire on the Russian
Steppe.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Chronology
Maps
Introduction by Stephen M.
Norris and Willard Sunderland
1. Ermak, 1530s/40s-1585 Willard Sunderland
2.
Simeon Bekbulatovich, ?-1616 Donald Ostrowski
3. Timofei Ankudinov, 1609-1653
Maureen Perrie
4. Gavril Romanov Nikitin, -1698" Erika Monahan
5. Boris
Kurakin, 1676-1727 Ernest Zitser
6. Mikhail Lomonosov, 1711-1765 Michael
Gordin
7. Catherine the Great, 1729-1796 Hilde Hoogenboom
8. Petr Bagration
1765-1812 Sean Pollock
9. Johannes Ambrosius Rosenstrauch, 1768-1835 Alexander
Martin
10. Imam Shamil, 1797-1871 Rebecca Gould
11. Zalumma Agra, 1864 Charles
King
12. Adam Mickiewicz, 1798-1855 Ted Weeks
13. Archbishop Innokentii,
1800-1857 Mara Kozelsky
14. Nikolai Gogol, 1809-1852 Edyta Bojanowska
15.
Anton Rubenstein, 1829-1894 Richard Stites
16. Aleksandr Borodin, 1833-1887 Dave
Schimmelpenninck
17. Kutlu-Muhammed Tevkelev and Family (1850-?) Charles
Steinwedel
18. P.A. Badmaev, 1851-1919 David McDonald
19. Ekaterina
Sabashnikova-Baranovskaia, 1859-? Barbara Alpern Engel
20. Carl Gustav Emil
Mannerheim, 1867-1951 Bradley Woodworth
21. Matilde Kshesinskaia, 1872-1971 Krista
Sigler
22. Joseph Stalin, 1879-1953 Ron Suny
23. Anna Akhmatova, 1889-1966
Alexandra Harrington
24. Aleksandr Germano, 1893-1955 Brigid
O’Keeffe
25. Lazar Kaganovich, 1893-1991 Hiroaki Kuromiya
26. Dziga
Vertov, 1896-1954 John MacKay
27. Mukhtar Auezov, 1897-1961 Michael
Rouland
28. Jahon Obidova, 1900-1967 Marianne Kamp
29. Olzhas Suleimenov,
1936- Marlene Laruelle
30. Boris Akunin (Grigorii Chkhartishvili), 1956 Stephen
Norris
31. Vladislav Surkov, 1964- Karen Dawisha
Notes
List of
Contributors
Index

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