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Russia's Orient 1552-1924



This course for graduate students examines the relationship between Russia (late Muscovite and imperial) and the Turkic peoples inhabiting the Volga-Ural region, the northern littoral of the Black Sea, the North and South Caucasus, as well as nomadic and sedentary Central and Inner Asia. Russian expansion and its goals, literary and scientific efforts to situate the 'oriental' Other within the evolving Empire, the complexities of imperial management (juridical, economic, and political), and the competing attractions to indigenous populations of resistance and accommodation, will be some of the major themes pursued.

Regions Covered

Historical Central Eurasia

When Taught

Fall 2013


Department of Central Eurasian Studies