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By Nancy Shields Kollmann

ISBN-10: 0199280517

ISBN-13: 9780199280513

Sleek Russian id and old event has been principally formed through Russia's imperial prior: an empire that used to be based within the early glossy period and endures largely at the present time. The Russian Empire 1450-1801 surveys how the components that made up the empire have been conquered and the way they have been ruled. It considers the Russian empire a 'Eurasian empire', characterised by means of a 'politics of difference': the rulers and their elites on the heart outlined the state's wishes minimally - with keep watch over over protection, legal legislation, taxation, and mobilization of assets - and in a different way tolerated neighborhood religions, languages, cultures, elites, and associations. the guts concerning groups and religions vertically, in accordance every one a modicum of rights and autonomies, yet did not permit horizontal connections throughout nobilities, townsmen, or different teams almost certainly with universal pursuits to coalesce. therefore, the Russian empire used to be multi-ethnic and multi-religious; Nancy Kollmann offers certain cognizance to the foremost ethnic and non secular teams, and surveys the government's ideas of governance - centralized paperwork, army reform, and a replaced judicial process. the quantity will pay specific cognizance to the dissemination of a supranational ideology of political legitimacy in various media - written assets and essentially public ritual, portray, and especially structure. starting with foundational positive aspects, akin to geography, weather, demography, and geopolitical state of affairs, The Russian Empire 1450-1801 explores the empire's basically agrarian financial system, serfdom, cities and exchange, in addition to the numerous spiritual teams - essentially Orthodoxy, Islam, and Buddhism. It tracks the emergence of an 'Imperial the Aristocracy' and a countrywide self-consciousness that used to be, via the tip of the eighteenth century, extraordinarily imperial, embracing the variety of the empire's many peoples and cultures.

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The Great Northern War established Russia as a major force in central Europe and marked the beginning of Sweden’s geopolitical decline. Subsequent Swedish– Russian wars (1741–3 and 1788–90) resulted in minor territorial gains in Finland 16 The Russian Empire 1450–1801 for Russia but were not regionally significant. Russia’s success on the Baltic masks the failures of Peter I’s ambitions in the Black and Caspian Sea theaters. In the midst of the war in 1710, for example, Peter I threatened the Ottoman empire with war if they did not release the wounded Charles XII who was sheltering in Istanbul.

Growing seasons were accordingly short: around St. Petersburg, four months (mid-May to mid-September); near Moscow about five and a half (mid-April to end September); up to six months in the fertile steppe south of Kyiv. By contrast, much of western Europe enjoys eight to nine growing months with the temperate effects of Gulf Stream and Mediterranean. Short growing seasons allowed time for only one crop in the summer. Only a narrow range of hardy grains (oats, rye, barley) and root vegetables could be grown; yields depended upon the quality of the soil, and they tended to be not much better than subsistence level until the empire expanded into the black earth steppe in the late seventeenth and eighteenth century.

GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE The Russian empire’s northern latitude and distance from warming oceans make it a cold and inhospitable place (Map 1). Before late seventeenth- and eighteenthcentury expansion into the steppe, most of the empire lay at or above the 50th latitude, above a steppe-forest line that stretches from around Kyiv eastward to the southern Urals and western Siberia. Expansion into the Black Sea steppe took it not farther south than the 45th latitude, whereas Americans will recall that all of the United States minus Alaska is south of the 49th parallel.

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