Imperial Boundaries: Cossack Communities and Empire-Building by Brian J. Boeck

By Brian J. Boeck

Imperial obstacles is a learn of imperial growth and native transformation on Russia's Don Steppe frontier in the course of the age of Peter the good. Brian Boeck connects the competition of the Russian and Ottoman empires within the northern Black Sea basin to the social heritage of the Don Cossacks, who have been reworked from an open, democratic, multiethnic, male fraternity devoted to frontier raiding right into a closed, ethnic group dedicated to protecting and advancing the bounds of the Russian country. He indicates how by way of selling border patrol, migration keep watch over, bureaucratic legislation of cross-border contacts and deportation of dissidents, Peter I destroyed the area of the outdated steppe and created a brand new imperial Cossack order instead. In studying this variation, Imperial obstacles addresses key old problems with imperial enlargement, the delegitimization of non-state violence, the development of borders, and the encroaching obstacles of kingdom authority within the lives of neighborhood groups.

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By Brian J. Boeck

Imperial obstacles is a learn of imperial growth and native transformation on Russia's Don Steppe frontier in the course of the age of Peter the good. Brian Boeck connects the competition of the Russian and Ottoman empires within the northern Black Sea basin to the social heritage of the Don Cossacks, who have been reworked from an open, democratic, multiethnic, male fraternity devoted to frontier raiding right into a closed, ethnic group dedicated to protecting and advancing the bounds of the Russian country. He indicates how by way of selling border patrol, migration keep watch over, bureaucratic legislation of cross-border contacts and deportation of dissidents, Peter I destroyed the area of the outdated steppe and created a brand new imperial Cossack order instead. In studying this variation, Imperial obstacles addresses key old problems with imperial enlargement, the delegitimization of non-state violence, the development of borders, and the encroaching obstacles of kingdom authority within the lives of neighborhood groups.

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The Frontier in History: North America and Southern Africa Compared (New Haven, ), p. . Jeremy Adelman and Stephen Aaron, “From Borderlands to Borders: Empires, Nation-States, and the Peoples in Between in North American History,” American Historical Review :  (), –. Also see Boeck “Comparative Borders and Frontiers,” in William H. , ), vol. ii, pp. –. Richard White, The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650–1815 (Cambridge, ).

Their      Comparative Study of Cossackdom,” Die Geschichte Russlands im 16. und 17. , Forschungen zur osteurop¨aischen Geschichte  (), –. See the important new study by Christoph Witzenrath, Cossacks and the Russian Empire, 1598–1725: Manipulation, Rebellion and Expansion into Siberia (New York, ). I have drawn attention to some of these themes in a recent review of literature, see Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History  (), –. Even studies of the same region in the same period reach diverging conclusions.

Bilby, manuscript “Ethnogenesis, Historical Consciousness, and Historical Depth: The Case of Cenogenic Societies,” p.  as quoted in Kevin Mulroy, “Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Seminole Maroons,” in Journal of World History :  (), . St¨ockl, Entstehung, pp. –. ” Hence symbiosis between Slavs and Turkic peoples was a key element in the formation of early Cossack societies. The earliest documented name of a Don Cossack leader is decidedly Turkic: Sary Azman.  As a result of various social, economic, and environmental pressures, from time to time people are forced to leave their settlements to make new homes in peripheral lands or ecological niches not utilized or claimed by pre-existing societies.

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