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- DescriptionThreads of Empire examines how Russia's imperial officials and intellectual elites made and maintained their authority among the changing intellectual and political currents in Eurasia from the mid-16th century to the revolution of 1917. The book focuses on a region 750 miles east of Moscow kwn as Bashkiria. The region was split nearly evenly between Russian and Turkic language speakers, both mads and farmers. Ufa province at Bashkiria's core had the largest Muslim population of any province in the empire. The empire's leading Muslim official, the mufti, was based there, but the region also hosted a Russian Orthodox bishop. Bashkirs and peasants had different legal status, and powerful Russian Orthodox and Muslim bles dominated the peasant estate. By the 20th century, industrial mining and rail commerce gave rise to a class structure of workers and managers. Bashkiria thus presents a fascinating case study of empire in all its complexities and of how the tsarist empire's ideology and categories of rule changed over time.
- Author BiographyCharles Steinwedel is Associate Professor of History at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.
- Author(s)Charles R. Steinwedel
- PublisherIndiana University Press
- Date of Publication09/05/2016
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationBloomington, IN
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintIndiana University Press
- Content Note5 b&w illus., 6 maps
- Weight685 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine33 mm
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