Northern Illinois University Press

Space, Place, and Power in Modern Russia

Essays in the New Spatial History

Edited by Mark Bassin, Christopher Ely , and Melissa K. Stockdale

“[This volume is] required reading for any scholar or advanced student interested in the new spatial approach to history.” The Slavonic and East European Review

Exploring the creation, transformation, and imagination of Russian space as a lens through which to understand Russia’s development from the eighteenth century to the present, this volume makes an important contribution to Russian studies and the “new spatial history.” Scholars have long appreciated space as an important factor in understanding Russia, thanks in part to Russia’s geopolitical position as the largest country in the world: both a part of Europe and distinct from it. The new spatial history treats space not only as an objectively existing physical reality, but also as something subjective and culturally produced. Space here is considered both an arena for historical activity and a critical element of this activity, at once shaping history and being shaped by it. Moreover, psychological processes of cognition and perception play a critical role in rendering space meaningful to the societies or groups that occupy it. The ten essays in this volume are organized along two thematic lines: the general problem of space and power, and the valorization of space in the broader process of constructing and negotiating group identities, both social and national. This important collection will be of interest to undergraduates, cultural historians, and historical geographers, as well as specialists on Russia.

Mark Bassin is Baltic Sea Professor of the History of Ideas, Södertörn University, Stockholm, and author of The Gumilev Mystique: Biopolitics, Eurasianism and the Construction of Community in Modern Russia and Imperial Visions: Nationalist Imagination and Geographical Expansion in the Russian Far East, 1840–1865.

Christopher Ely is associate professor of history in the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University and author of This Meager Nature: Landscape and National Identity in Imperial Russia (NIU Press, 2002) and Underground Petersburg: Radical Populism, Urban Space, and the Tactics of Subversion in Reform-Era Russia (NIU Press, 2016).

Melissa K. Stockdale is a Brian and Sandra O’Brien Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma and author of Paul Miliukov and the Quest for a Liberal Russia, 1880–1918 and Mobilizing the Russian Nation: Patriotism and Citizenship in the First World War.

ISBN 978-0-87580-425-5
2010, $42.00 s
cloth, 278 pages, 5 illus.

ISBN 978-0-87580-798-0
November 2018,$29.00 s
Paper, 6x9, 250 pages, 5 illus.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Russian Space Mark Bassin, Christopher Ely, and Melissa Stockdale

Part I: Geopolitical Constructions of Space
1. What Is a Fatherland? Changing Notions of Duty, Rights, and Belonging in Russia Melissa K. Stockdale
2. Nationhood, Natural Regions, Mestorazvitie: Environmental Discourses in Classical Eurasianism Mark Bassin

Part II: Place, Space, and Power
3. Russian Route: The Politics of the Petersburg-Moscow Road, 1700–1800 John Randolph
4. On the Dance Floor: Royal Power, Class, and Nationality in Servile Russia Richard Stites
5. Ab Oriente ad Ulteriorem Orientem: Eugene Schuyler, Russia, and Central Asia Patricia Herlihy
6. Soviet Agitational Vehicles: Bolsheviks in Strange Places Robert Argenbright

Part III: Place, Identity, and Memory
7. Street Space and Political Culture in St. Petersburg under Alexander II Christopher Ely
8. Making and Unmaking the “Sacred Landscape” of Orthodox Russia: Identity Crisis and Religious Politics in the Ukrainian Provinces of the Late Russian Empire Sergei Zhuk
9. Dilemmas of Post-Soviet Identity in Vologda: A Sacred Landscape in Moscow’s Political Shadow Cathy A. Frierson
10. Place, Memory, and the Politics of Identity: Historical Buildings and Street Names in Leningrad-St. Petersburg Lisa A. Kirschenbaum

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ISBN: 978-0-87580-425-5
cloth $42.00
ISBN: 978-0-87580-798-0
paper $29.00