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The ethnographers - who drew inspiration from the Western European colonial context - produced all-union censuses, assisted government commissions charged with delimiting the USSR's internal borders, led expeditions to study "the human being as a productive force," and created ethnographic exhibits about the "Peoples of the USSR." In the 1930s, they would lead the Soviet campaign against Nazi race theories. Hirsch illuminates the pervasive tension between the colonial-economic and ethnographic definitions of Soviet territory; this tension informed Soviet social, economic, and administrative structures. A major contribution to the history of Russia and the Soviet Union, Empire of Nations also offers new insights into the connection between ethnography and empire.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801489082
ISBN-10: 0801489083
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 156mm x 5mm)
Pages: 392
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 10-May-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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