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The Imperial Russian Project

Autocratic Politics, Economic Development, and Social Fragmentation

Foreword by: Yanni Kotsonis

The Imperial Russian Project is a collection of Rieber’s lifetime of work, focusing on three interconnected themes of this time period: the role of reform in the process of state building, the interaction of state and social movements, and alternative visions of economic development.

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Alfred J. Rieber is a premier historian of Russia and the Soviet Union. He is University Professor Emeritus at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania.

Yanni Kotsonis is an associate professor in the Departments of History and of Russian and Slavic Studies and founding Director of the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia at New York University.


Mikhail Dolbilov, associate professor of History, University of Maryland:

"Alfred Rieber’s collected volume is a work of profound scholarship, impressive acumen, and sweeping erudition. All the essays included in it address major and highly debatable issues of the history of imperial Russia."

Audience: College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;