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Description - Cossacks and the Russian Empire, 1598-1725 by Christoph Witzenrath

Using a wide range sources, this book explores the ways in which the Russians governed their empire in Siberia from 1598 to 1725. Paying particular attention to the role of the Siberian Cossaks, the author takes a thorough assessment of how the institutions of imperial government functioned in seventeenth century Russia. It raises important questions concerning the nature of the Russian autocracy in the early modern period, investigating the neglected relations of a vital part of the Empire with the metropolitan centre, and examines how the Russian authorities were able to control such a vast and distant frontier given the limited means at its disposal. It argues that despite this great physical distance, the representations of the Tsar's rule in the symbols, texts and gestures that permeated Siberian institutions were close at hand, thus allowing the promotion of political stability and favourable terms of trade. Investigating the role of the Siberian Cossacks, the book explains how the institutions of empire facilitated their position as traders via the sharing of cultural practices, attitudes and expectations of behaviour across large distances among the members of organisations or personal networks.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415416214
ISBN-10: 0415416213
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Pages: 277
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Christoph Witzenrath

Christoph Witzenrath is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Aberdeen. He was formerly Assistant Lecturer at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. His research interests include medieval, early-modern European, Russian and Soviet history.