Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ru: Imperial Power in Regional and International Contexts

Asiatic Russia: Imperial Power in Regional and International Contexts 
Edited by UYAMA 
Tomohiko Routledge, 2011, xv + 296 pp. ISBN 978-0-415-61537-2 £80.00 
Although the Russian Empire has traditionally been viewed as a European borderland, most of its territory was actually situated in Asia. Imperial power was huge but often suffered from a lack of enough information and resources to rule its culturally diverse subjects, and asymmetric relations between state and society combined with flexible strategies of local actors sometimes produced unexpected results. In Asiatic Russia, an international team of scholars explores the interactions between power and people in Central Asia, Siberia, the Volga-Urals, and the Caucasus from the 18th to the early 20th centuries, drawing on a wealth of Russian archival materials and Turkic, Persian, and Tibetan sources. The variety of topics discussed in the book includes the Russian idea of a "civilizing mission," the system of governor-generalships, imperial geography and demography, roles of Muslim and Buddhist networks in imperial rule and foreign policy, social change in the Russian Protectorate of Bukhara, Muslim reformist and national movements. The book is essential reading for students and scholars of Russian, Central Eurasian, and comparative imperial history, as well as imperial and colonial studies and nationalism studies. It may also provide some hints for understanding today's world, where "empire" has again become a key word in international and domestic power relations. 

 Introduction: Asiatic Russia as a space for asymmetric interaction UYAMA Tomohiko 
Part I Russia's eastern expansion: its "mission" and the Tatars' intermediary role 
1. The Russian Empire's civilizing mission in the eighteenth century: A comparative perspective Ricarda VULPIUS 
2. Tatarskaia Kargala in Russia's eastern policies HAMAMOTO Mami 
3. The Russian Empire and the intermediary role of Tatars in Kazakhstan: the politics of cooperation and rejection Gulmira SULTANGALIEVA 
 Part II - Taming space and people: institutions and demography 
4. Intra-bureaucratic debate on the institution of Russian governors- general in the mid-nineteenth century MATSUZATO Kimitaka 
5. Colonization and "Russification" in the imperial geography of Asiatic Russia: from the nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries Anatolii REMNEV 
6. Empire and demography in Turkestan: numbers and the politics of counting Sergei ABASHIN 
 Part III - Russian power projected beyond its borders 
7. Russo-Chinese trade through Central Asia: regulations and reality NODA Jin 
8. Muslim networks, imperial power, and the local politics of Qajar Iran Robert D. CREWS 
9. Sunni-Shi'i relations in the Russian protectorate of Bukhara, as perceived by the local 'ulama KIMURA Satoru 
10. The open and secret diplomacy of Tsarist and Soviet Russia in Tibet: the role of Agvan Dorzhiev (1912-1925) Nikolay TSYREMPILOV 
 Part IV - Asiatic Russia as a space for national movements 
11. Muslim political activity in Russian Turkestan, 1905-1916 Salavat ISKHAKOV 
12. The economics of Muslim cultural reform: money, power, and Muslim communities in late imperial Russia James H. MEYER 
13. The Alash Orda's Relations with Siberia, the Urals and Turkestan: the Kazakh national movement and the Russian imperial legacy UYAMA Tomohiko

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