Between Europe and Asia

Russia’s State Colonialism in Comparative Perspective, 1550s–1900s

In: Canadian-American Slavic Studies
Michael Khodarkovsky Loyola University Chicago

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This essay addresses an unusual knot of the Russian historiography: was Russia a colonial empire and if so, why did he authorities consistently refuse to identify the empire as such? I am providing some answers by examining the Russian empire in a broad comparative perspective of both European and Asian empires. In the end, the goal of this essay is to re-open a discussion on the nature of the Russian empire.

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