"On the basis of the work presented here, one can say that the future of American scholarship on imperial Russia is in good hands." ―American Historial Review
"... innovative and substantive research... " ―The Russian Review
"Anyone wishing to understand the 'state of the field' in Imperial Russian history would do well to start with this collection." ―Theodore W. Weeks, H-Net Reviews
"The essays are impressive in terms of research conceptualization, and analysis." ―Slavic Review
Presenting the results of new research and fresh approaches, the historians whose work is highlighted here seek to extend new thinking about the way imperial Russian history is studied and taught. Populating their essays are a varied lot of ordinary Russians of the 18th and 19th centuries, from a luxury-loving merchant and his extended family to reform-minded clerics and soldiers on the frontier. In contrast to much of traditional historical writing on Imperial Russia, which focused heavily on the causes of its demise, the contributors to this volume investigate the people and institutions that kept Imperial Russia functioning over a long period of time.