New review essay on regional history and the “Archival Turn” in the history of Imperial Russia

I’m delighted to be able to finally tell everyone about the review essay I wrote for the journal Kritika. I reviewed three new works of regional history, but more importantly, the review serves as an announcement of regional history as an important subfield and emerging central focus, I hope, of research on Imperial Russia. It also makes the argument that the opening of Soviet archives in the 80s and 90s has enriched Imperial Russian history as much as Soviet, though this has not been acknowledged in the same way. I introduce the term “archival turn” and describe how it has transformed the field. If I do say so myself, I think every specialist on the imperial period should read it.

Here’s the link to the article on ProjectMuse

The issue Table of Contents on Kritika’s website.

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