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Social Identity in Imperial Russia
Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter
"Wirtschafter tells a compelling story.... This study has far-reaching implications that are broadly revisionist.... It raises questions and challenges to some the accepted paradigms."—Slavic Review
"A major contribution to our understanding.... Wirtschafter has interesting things to say about the evolution of Russian society in the last decades of tsarism."—Slavonic and East European Review
"Based on impressive research in tsarist archives.... A welcome contribution to our discovery of Russia's social past."—Journal of Modern History
This broad, panoramic view of Russian imperial society from the era of Peter the Great to the Revolution in 1917 sets forth a challenging interpretation of one of the world's most powerful and enduring monarchies. A sophisticated synthesis that combines massive reading of recent scholarship with archival research, it focuses on the interplay of Russia's key social groups with one another and with the state. The result is a highly original history of Great Russian society that illuminates the relationships between state building, large-scale social structures, and everyday life.
(1997) 272 pp.
Table of Contents
1 The Institutional Setting
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