Russia's Steppe Frontier: The Making of a Colonial Empire, 1500-1800

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Indiana University Press, 2002 - History - 290 pages
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"Khodarkovsky provides a detailed chronological narrative of Russia's steppe relations, which conveys brilliantly the depth of Moscow's engagement in the world of steppe politics.... This is counterbalanced by insightful thematic discussion of the perennial issues involved.... Altogether, an excellent study of a vital dimension of Russia's historical evolution." --Slavonic and East European Review

"... the first connected account of Moscow's assertion of military and political control over its steppe frontier. The book's scope is impressive, as it traces the transformation of a turbulent steppe frontier into an imperial borderland.... a signal contribution to our understanding of European history." --American Historical Review

Drawing on sources and archival materials in Russian and Turkic languages, Russia's Steppe Frontier presents a complex picture of the encounter between indigenous peoples and the Russians. An original and invaluable resource for understanding Russia's imperial experience.

  

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Russia was as much a colonial society as any other European power in the 16th through 19th centuries, with the important difference that Russia's colonial frontier was contiguous, rather than overseas ... Read full review

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Contents

introduction
1
1 The Sociology of the Frontier or Why Peace WasImpossible
7
2 Frontier Concepts and Policies in Muscovy
47
3 Taming the Wild Steppe 14801600s
77
4 From Steppe Frontier to Imperial Borderlands 16001800
126
5 Concepts and Policies in the Imperial Borderlands1690s1800
184
Conclusion
221
glossary
230
list of abbreviations
233
notes
235
bibliography
269
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Michael Khodarkovsky is Associate Professor of History at Loyola University of Chicago. He is author of Where Two Worlds Met: The Russian State and the Kalmyk Nomads, 1600-1771 and co-editor (with Robert Geraci) of Of Religion and Empire: Missions, Conversion, and Tolerance in the Russian Empire.

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