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Political Imaginaries and Imperial Collapse: Plans for the Territories of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union

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  • Thu 08 Nov 2018 15.00 - 18.30
  Add to Calendar 2018-11-08 15:00 2018-11-08 18:30 Europe/Paris Political Imaginaries and Imperial Collapse: Plans for the Territories of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union

Russia and its neighborhood experienced two major ruptures in the course of the twentieth century: the Russian Revolutions of 1917 and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Both involved the fragmentation of empires as well as the transformation to radically different political systems. Most of the historiography continues to see these imperial collapses as the result of the fundamental incompatibility of Empire and Nation, and the emergence of independent nation states as an almost inevitable reaction to imperial rule. New research presented here, drawing on revisionist approaches to understandings of empire, reveals a greater degree of continuity between imperial and post-imperial forms. Debates within the official institutions of the imperial and Soviet states, and between national parties and movements on the peripheries, advanced ideas for the preservation of the empire which were later reflected in post-Imperial arrangements.

Sala dei Levrieri, Villa Salviati DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala dei Levrieri, Villa Salviati

Russia and its neighborhood experienced two major ruptures in the course of the twentieth century: the Russian Revolutions of 1917 and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Both involved the fragmentation of empires as well as the transformation to radically different political systems. Most of the historiography continues to see these imperial collapses as the result of the fundamental incompatibility of Empire and Nation, and the emergence of independent nation states as an almost inevitable reaction to imperial rule. New research presented here, drawing on revisionist approaches to understandings of empire, reveals a greater degree of continuity between imperial and post-imperial forms. Debates within the official institutions of the imperial and Soviet states, and between national parties and movements on the peripheries, advanced ideas for the preservation of the empire which were later reflected in post-Imperial arrangements.


Location:
Sala dei Levrieri, Villa Salviati

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Workshop

Discussant:
Alexander Etkind (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)

Contact:
Fabrizio Borchi (EUI - Department of History and Civilization) - Send a mail

Speaker:
Jeremy Smith (European University Institute)
Alexander Semyonov (National Research University Higher School of Economics in St Petersburg)
Carolina De Stefano (University of Eastern Finland/Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies)
 
 

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