The experiences of Russia and the Soviet Union as empires, from the perspectives both of great power politics and also the government of large, diverse populations, has much to contribute to wider historical studies of empire and colonialism, where much of the focus has concentrated on Western European countries and their overseas colonies. This series includes work on a wide range of subjects related to Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet empires. It covers work on the imperial peripheries as well as the imperial centre, on social, religious and marginal groups and the lived experiences of empire as well as politics and imperial elites, and on legal and constitutional frameworks and the intellectual underpinnings of empire. Besides the work of Western scholars, the series includes a strong strand of books from a new rising generation of very promising young historians from the region itself. Submissions from prospective authors are welcomed, and should be sent in the first instance to Aleksandr Semyonov - webpage: https://www.hse.ru/en/staff/semyonov.
The Rise and Fall of Russia’s Far Eastern Republic, 1905–1922 by Ivan Sablin was awarded an honorary mention for 2018 by the board of Ab Imperio for the best study in new imperial history and history of diversity in Northern Eurasia, up to the late twentieth century.
By Timothy K. Blauvelt
May 31, 2021
Based on extensive original research, this book tells the astonishing story of early Soviet Abkhazia and of its leader, the charismatic Bolshevik revolutionary Nestor Lakoba. A tiny republic on the Black Sea coast of the USSR, Abkhazia became a vacation retreat for Party leaders and a major ...
By Ivan Sablin
July 17, 2018
The Russian Far East was a remarkably fluid region in the period leading up to, during, and after the Russian Revolution. The different contenders in play in the region, imagining and working toward alternative futures, comprised different national groups, including Russians, Buryat-Mongols, ...