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Space, place, and power in modern Russia : essays in the new spatial history

Author: Mark Bassin; Christopher David Ely; Melissa Kirschke Stockdale
Publisher: DeKalb : Northern Illinois University Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Exploring the creation, transformation, and imagination of Russian space as a lens through which to understand Russia's development from the 18th century to the present, this volume makes an important contribution to Russian studies and the "new spatial history." Scholars have long appreciated space as an important factor in understanding Russia, thanks in part to Russia's geopolitical position as the largest  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Bassin; Christopher David Ely; Melissa Kirschke Stockdale
ISBN: 9780875804255 087580425X
OCLC Number: 497574295
Description: viii, 268 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Geopolitical constructions of space --
What is a fatherland? : changing notions of duty, rights, and belonging in Russia / Melissa K. Stockdale --
Nationhood, natural regions, mestorazvitie : environmentalist discourses in classical Eurasianism / Mark Bassin --
Place, space, and power --
Russian route : the politics of the Petersburg-Moscow road, 1700-1800 / John Randolph --
On the dance floor : royal power, class, and nationality in servile Russia / Richard Stites --
Ab oriente ad ulteriorem orientem : Eugene Schuyler, Russia, and Central Asia / Patricia Herlihy --
Soviet agitational vehicles : Bolsheviks in strange places / Robert Argenbright --
Place, identity, and memory --
Street space and political culture in St. Petersburg under Alexander II / Christopher Ely --
Making and unmaking the "sacred landscape" of Orthodox Russia : identity crisis and religious politics in the Ukrainian provinces of the late Russian Empire / Sergei I. Zhuk --
Dilemmas of post-Soviet identity in Vologda : a sacred landscape in Moscow's political shadow / Cathy A. Frierson --
Place, memory, and the politics of identity : historical buildings and street names in Leningrad-St. Petersburg / Lisa A. Kirschenbaum.
Responsibility: editors, Mark Bassin, Christopher Ely, Melissa K. Stockdale.

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Exploring the creation, transformation, and imagination of Russian space as a lens through which to understand Russia's development from the 18th century to the present, this volume makes an important contribution to Russian studies and the "new spatial history." Scholars have long appreciated space as an important factor in understanding Russia, thanks in part to Russia's geopolitical position as the largest country in the world: both a part of Europe and distinct from it. The new spatial history treats space not only as an objectively existing physical reality but also as something subjective and culturally produced. Space her is considered both an arena for historical activity and a critical element of this activity, at once shaping history and being shaped by it. Moreover, psychological processes of cognition and perception play a critical role in rendering space meaningful to the societies or groups that occupy it. The ten essays in this volume are organized along two thematic lines: the general problem of space and power and the valorization of space in the broader process of constructing and negotiating group identities, both social and national. With topics ranging from geopolitical perspectives to intimate personal stories, from the profanation of sacred landscapes to displays of power in the ballroom floor, this collection should be of interest to undergraduates, cultural historians, and historical geographers, as well as specialists on Russia.
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