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Nation, Empire, and Regional Integration

Vera Tolz

in Russia's Own Orient

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199594443
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725067 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199594443.003.0002

Series: Oxford Studies in Modern European History

Nation, Empire, and Regional Integration

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Analyses the contribution made by Orientologists of the fin de siècle to a debate in Russia about how to achieve the integration of non-European minorities into the imperial state. The chapter argues that we should better appreciate how the relationship between empires and nations was perceived at a time when people were less aware of the incompatibility between these different forms of political organization than they have become in the second half of the twentieth century. It contributes to current debates among historians of Russia regarding the peculiarity of the Russian nation- and empire-building by showing why those who wished to preserve the empire could consciously promote particular types of local ethno-cultural nationalism in the imperial peripheries. It argues that strategies of using nation-building tools for the purpose of imperial integration first originated in Europe's land-based empires, such as Russia, and would later be adopted by overseas empires, such as that of France, following the First World War.

Keywords: nation; empire; regional integration; minorities; sub-state nationalism

Chapter.  12296 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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