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1837

1837

Author: Paul (Professor, Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas) Werth Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/02/2021

Historians often think of Russia before the 1860s in terms of conservative stasis, when the gendarme of Europe secured order beyond the country's borders and entrenched the autocratic system at home. This book offers a profoundly different vision of Russia under Nicholas I. Drawing on an extensive array of sources, it reveals that many of modern Russia's most distinctive and outstanding features can be traced back to an inconspicuous but exceptional year. Russia became what it did, in no small measure, because of 1837. The catalogue of the year's noteworthy occurrences extends from the realms of culture, religion, and ideas to those of empire, politics, and industry. Exploring these diverse issues and connecting seemingly divergent historical actors, Paul W. Werth reveals that the 1830s in Russia were a period of striking dynamism and consequence, and that 1837 was pivotal for the country's entry into the modern age. From the romantic death of Russia's greatest poet Alexander Pushkin in January to a colossal fire at the Winter Palace in December, Russia experienced much that was astonishing in 1837: the railway and provincial press appeared, Russian opera made its debut, Orthodoxy pushed westward, the first Romanov visited Siberia-and much else besides. The cumulative effect was profound. The country's integration accelerated, and a Russian nation began to emerge, embodied in new institutions and practices, within the larger empire. The result was a quiet revolution, after which Russia would never be the same.

Whites and Reds

Whites and Reds

Whites and Reds: A History of Wine in the Lands of Tsar and Commissar tells the story of Russia's encounter with viniculture and winemaking. Rooted in the early-seventeenth century, embraced by Peter the Great, and then magnified many times over by the annexation of the indigenous wine economies and cultures of Georgia, Crimea, and Moldova in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, viniculture and winemaking became an important indicator of Russia's place at the European table. While the Russian Revolution in 1917 left many of the empire's vineyards and wineries in ruins, it did not alter the political and cultural meanings attached to wine. Stalin himself embraced champagne as part of the good life of socialism, and the Soviet Union became a winemaking superpower in its own right, trailing only Spain, Italy, and France in the volume of its production. Whites and Reds illuminates the ideas, controversies, political alliances, technologies, business practices, international networks, and, of course, the growers, vintners, connoisseurs, and consumers who shaped the history of wine in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union over more than two centuries. Because wine was domesticated by virtue of imperialism, its history reveals many of the instabilities and peculiarities of the Russian and Soviet empires. Over two centuries, the production and consumption patterns of peripheral territories near the Black Sea and in the Caucasus became a hallmark of Russian and Soviet civilizational identity and cultural refinement. Wine in Russia was always more than something to drink.

A Velvet Empire

A Velvet Empire

Author: David Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/02/2021

How France's elites used soft power to pursue their imperial ambitions in the nineteenth century After Napoleon's downfall in 1815, France embraced a mostly informal style of empire, one that emphasized economic and cultural influence rather than military conquest. A Velvet Empire is a global history of French imperialism in the nineteenth century, providing new insights into the mechanisms of imperial collaboration that extended France's power from the Middle East to Latin America and ushered in the modern age of globalization. David Todd shows how French elites pursued a cunning strategy of imperial expansion in which conspicuous commodities such as champagne and silk textiles, together with loans to client states, contributed to a global campaign of seduction. French imperialism was no less brutal than that of the British. But while Britain widened its imperial reach through settler colonialism and the acquisition of far-flung territories, France built a velvet empire backed by frequent military interventions and a broadening extraterritorial jurisdiction. Todd demonstrates how France drew vast benefits from these asymmetric, imperial-like relations until a succession of setbacks around the world brought about their unravelling in the 1870s. A Velvet Empire sheds light on France's neglected contribution to the conservative reinvention of modernity and offers a new interpretation of the resurgence of French colonialism on a global scale after 1880. This panoramic book also highlights the crucial role of collaboration among European empires during this period-including archrivals Britain and France-and cooperation with indigenous elites in facilitating imperial expansion and the globalization of capitalism.

Russian Central Asia 1867-1917

Russian Central Asia 1867-1917

Author: Richard A. Pierce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1960.

The Transformation of the Roman World

The Transformation of the Roman World

Author: Lynn White Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1966.

The Invisible Code

The Invisible Code

Author: William M. Reddy Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1997.

Rich and Poor in Grenoble 1600 - 1814

Rich and Poor in Grenoble 1600 - 1814

Author: Kathryn Norberg Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1985.

Rich and Poor in Grenoble 1600 - 1814

Rich and Poor in Grenoble 1600 - 1814

Author: Kathryn Norberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1985.

Contemporary Yugoslavia

Contemporary Yugoslavia

Author: Wayne S. Vucinich Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1969.

Contemporary Yugoslavia

Contemporary Yugoslavia

Author: Wayne S. Vucinich Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1969.

The Teaching of Charles Fourier

The Teaching of Charles Fourier

Author: Nicholas V. Riasanovsky Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2021

Charles Fourier has generally been studied in relation to particular segments of his teaching. Consequently he is known only in one or another of the roles to which biographers or commentators have assigned him, such as that of a social critic, a precursor of Marx, a theoretician of the cooperative movement, or even a progenitor of today's worldwide revolutionary turmoil. Riasanovsky points out that two considerations make an adequate presentation of Fourier's ideas unusually difficult. For one thing, his thought was all of a piece, organically united in a multibranched universal formula so that it is virtually impossible to do justice to a period, a part, or a particular aspect of his teaching without dealing with the whole. For another, this formula was essentially mad and encompassed extremely bizarre and eccentric elements. Most writers have been unprepared to admit, let alone accept, the totality of his teaching. The primary purpose of this book is to state Fourier's system in its own terms, not in terms of its possible contribution to a different intellectual orientation. Riasanovsky succeeds admirably in this task, summarizing for the first time within one volume the essence of Fourier's ideas, which are of an almost overwhelming profusion in their original form. He also examines the relation of Fourier's views to the general currents of modern thought, and delineates his place on the intellectual map of the modern world. This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1969.

The Teaching of Charles Fourier

The Teaching of Charles Fourier

Author: Nicholas V. Riasanovsky Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2021

Charles Fourier has generally been studied in relation to particular segments of his teaching. Consequently he is known only in one or another of the roles to which biographers or commentators have assigned him, such as that of a social critic, a precursor of Marx, a theoretician of the cooperative movement, or even a progenitor of today's worldwide revolutionary turmoil. Riasanovsky points out that two considerations make an adequate presentation of Fourier's ideas unusually difficult. For one thing, his thought was all of a piece, organically united in a multibranched universal formula so that it is virtually impossible to do justice to a period, a part, or a particular aspect of his teaching without dealing with the whole. For another, this formula was essentially mad and encompassed extremely bizarre and eccentric elements. Most writers have been unprepared to admit, let alone accept, the totality of his teaching. The primary purpose of this book is to state Fourier's system in its own terms, not in terms of its possible contribution to a different intellectual orientation. Riasanovsky succeeds admirably in this task, summarizing for the first time within one volume the essence of Fourier's ideas, which are of an almost overwhelming profusion in their original form. He also examines the relation of Fourier's views to the general currents of modern thought, and delineates his place on the intellectual map of the modern world. This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1969.