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Claiming CrimeaA History of Catherine the Great's Southern Empire$
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Kelly O'Neill

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300218299

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300218299.001.0001

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Rethinking Integration and Imperial Space

Rethinking Integration and Imperial Space

(p.259) Conclusion Rethinking Integration and Imperial Space
Claiming Crimea

Kelly O'Neill

Yale University Press

This concluding chapter argues that the empire-building process cannot be understood apart from its spatial context. On one hand, the exercise and experience of authority were shaped in important ways by the built and natural environments. Russian officials paid an inordinate amount of attention to sites and attempted to infuse many of them with particular symbolic significance. In another sense, the cultural and economic connections that integrated Crimeans into non-Russian, and usually trans-imperial, spaces were themselves valuable to the empire-building process. Commercial networks, family estates, and pilgrimage routes continually took Crimeans across the border of the empire. Cross-border transactions then provided the empire with channels for expanding its own sphere of influence.

Keywords:   empire building, authority, natural environments, cultural connections, economic connections, Crimeans, commercial networks, cross-border transactions, family estates, pilgrimage routes

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