Ab Imperio 4/2022

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Dear Colleagues,

The latest issue of Ab Imperio (4/2022) is now available at https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/49443

Ab Imperio’s 2022 annual program “The Rise and Fall of the State as an Institution and an Analytical Concept” is aimed at deconstructing totalized ahistorical narratives of the “Russian state” as the main subject of Russian history. The current issue, “The Role of the State in Projects of Social Improvement,” differentiates the state from other forms of political groupness and agency by focusing on social engineering efforts. H-Decol members might be especially interested in Ilya Gerasimov’s article, in which he discusses decolonization of the field formerly known as “Russian Studies.”


“Methodology and Theory” section:

“Disentangling the State, the Empire, and the Nation” by the Editors.

“The Russian Imperial Situation: Before and after the Nation-State” by Ilya Gerasimov.

“History” section:

“‘From the Seeds Sown in the Soil’: The Boxer Rebellion and the Awakening of Russian Missionary Activity in China (1900–1917)” by Anastasiia Akulich.

“Border Control and Early Soviet Statehood: The Case of the Soviet-Finnish Frontier in the 1920s” by Oksana Ermolaeva.

“Stalin's Hidden Eugenic Agenda: Debating and Practicing Eugenic Abortion in the Soviet Union, 1920–1951” by Björn M. Felder.

“Archive” section:

“The Diary of a Border Guard” by Klimentii Fedevich.

“From Ch***v’s Diary, 1940–1944”

“Newest Mythologies” section:

“Boris Akunin's Political Novel: Russian Musketeers on a Path to the Promised Land” by Elena Baraban.

The issue also contains an extended section of book reviews.

Ab Imperio 2023 Annual Program “Toward a Postnational History of Eurasia: Deconstructing Empires, Denationalizing Groupness” is available at https://sites.google.com/view/openabimperio/2023-annual-program

Ab Imperio Syllabus module – reading library for your syllabi – is available at: https://sites.google.com/view/ai-syllabus

Submission guidelines: https://abimperio.net/