Ab Imperio Quarterly invites manuscript submissions for its annual theme in 2002 - Russian Empire/USSR and Paradoxes of Modernization. Comparative works that involve not only the former Russian Empire/USSR but also the experiences of Central and Eastern Europe are welcome. Below is the description of the 4 issues of AI in 2002.
THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE/USSR AND PARADOXES OF MODERNIZATION
1/2002 “Russia’s “Special Path” and Varieties of Imperial and National Experiences of Modernization”
Rethinking of the concept of modernity and modernization (economic, social, political) in application to Russia (the problem of modernity as a Eurocentric concept) · Modernization and the concept of the nation state · History of the Russian discourses of modernization, anti-modernization, and a “Special Path” · Comparative analysis of the Russian experiences of empire-building, nation-building, and regulation of interethnic relations and ethnic minority rights · Debates on Russian totalitarianism, imperialism, colonialism, Eurocentrism, and orientalism in comparative perspective · Contemporary debates on “Special paths” in European historiographies; the concept of “Special path” in contemporary debates in Russia.·
2/2002 “Organization of Political Space of Empires and Nations”
Evolution of political institutes, political elites, and mentality in empires · Rationalization of space and population management · The challenge of modernization as a factor of international relations · The emergence of novel disciplinary practices and the persistence of pre-modern political patterns · Problems of federalism, centralism, and unitary state in empires and nations · Citizenship and ascribed nationality · Symbolic geography of historical regions, empires, and nations · Political languages of national movements.
3/2002 “Russian Society: Structures and Cultures”
Assimilation, emancipation, social mobility, and segregation · The problem of adaptation of social structures to the challenge of modernity · Dynamics of cultural change and institutional transformation · Institutions of Civil Society in the process of modernization of empire · Processes of secularization and democratization in a multiethnic and polyconfessional polity · History and sociology of the “imagining” of nations · Urban and rural dimensions of nation-building · Public opinion and mass consciousness: the formation of mass society · Strategies of social integration, segregation or marginalization of ethnic minorities
4/2002 “Economy of Empire, Nation, and Region”
The problem of the economic basis of imperial expansion in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union · Family, peasant commune, city, regions as economic units and ways of their integration into the imperial economic space · Industrialization and its influence on assimilation of ethnic minorities or ethnic conflicts · the problem of Russian and Soviet colonialism · The role of economic factors in the development of ethnic separatism · problems of economic integration in the post-Soviet political space · Moral economy · The problem of multi-tiered economy in polyethnic society.
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