Taming the wild field colonization and empire on the russian steppe willard sunderland on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers stretching from the tributaries of the danube to the urals and from the russian forests to the black and caspian seas. Willard sunderland is associate professor of history at the university of cincinnati he is the author of the barons cloak a history of the russian empire in war and taming the wild field colonization and empire on the russian steppe both from cornell and coeditor of russias people of empire life stories from eurasia 1500 to the present and peopling the russian periphery borderland . Taming the wild field makes the case for reasserting the importance of late muscovite and imperial russian history by placing them within the larger contexts of the history of inner eurasia and the comparative study of empire russian review as willard sunderland points out in this pioneering study of the colonization of the russian steppe . Stretching from the tributaries of the danube to the urals and from the russian forests to the black and caspian seas the vast european steppe has for centuries played very different roles in the russian imagination to the grand princes of kiev and muscovy it was the wild field a region . An analytical look at the colonization of the russian steppe sunderlands work reviews both popular and state initiatives to develop the vast area between the danube and the urals from the sixteenth century to the late nineteenth century
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