Welcome to a UCRS book launch where Dr. Kåre Johan Mjør will present his recently released book Russiske imperium [Russian Empires] (Oslo: Cappelen Damm, 2017)
The presentation will be followed by a post-seminar where refreshments will be served. Please feel free to forward this invitation to others who might be interested in attending.
This new book reviews and discusses Russia’s almost five-hundred year long history as an empire or imperial formation. It explores the various ways in which Russia has been an empire – from an Orthodox empire in a Eurasian context (1550-1700) to a European empire (1700-1850), a nationalizing empire (1850-1917), an alleged anti-imperialist, affirmative action empire (the Soviet period) and finally a post-imperial state still struggling with its imperial legacy politically and ideologically (the post-Soviet Russian Federation). The book argues that the imperial dimension – understood here first and foremost as a series of unique and yet asymmetric relations between a center and numerous peripheries – is crucial in order to understand Russian history and thus the historical background for conflicts and tensions both inside Russia and between Russia and its neighboring states today. By combining political and intellectual history, the book analyses how imperial rule and expansion have formed the self-perception of both the Russian and non-Russian nationalities from the sixteenth century up to the present.
Kåre Johan Mjør is a research fellow of Russian intellectual history at the UCRS. His current research project, funded by the Swedish Research Council, explores the concept of creativity (tvorchestvo) in Russian thought. He is also currently co-editing a forthcoming special issue of Scando-Slavica devoted to the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and a volume on the concept of civilisation in contemporary Russia.