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Russia as Empire

Past and Present

Kees Boterbloem



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Reaktion Books
01 January 2021
A highly original overview of Russia's tumultuous history Covering more than one thousand years, Russia as Empire shows how the medieval empire of Kyivan Rus' metamorphosed into today's Russian Federation. Kees Boterbloem vividly and lucidly describes Russia's various incarnations and considers how the concept of empire evolved from tsarist Russia to the Soviet Union, and how and why it survives today. He discusses the ideological architects of these empires and the ideas of their political leaders - the tsars, Lenin, Stalin, Boris Yeltsin, and Vladimir Putin.

Russia as Empire considers the role of the various empires' inhabitants, from nobility to clergy and communist party members, revealing how and why they adhered to, or believed in, their country's imperial mission. What emerges is a highly original overview that illuminates the continuities and discontinuities in Russian history.
By:   Kees Boterbloem
Imprint:   Reaktion Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
ISBN:   9781789142914
ISBN 10:   1789142911
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   01 January 2021
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kees Boterbloem is professor at the University of South Florida and the author of eleven books, including The Life and Times of Andrei Zhdanov and Moderniser of Russia: Andrei Vinius, 1641-1716.

Reviews for Russia as Empire: Past and Present

An original synthesis and a stimulating overview of how Russia acquired and maintained its land-based empire. -- Brian Boeck, DePaul University

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