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This front matter section of this book titled Empire Speaks Out: Languages of Rationalization and Self-Description in the Russian Empire contains the table of contents. Empire Speaks Out reconstructs the historical encounter of the Russian Empire of the seventeenth through the early twentieth centuries with the complex challenge of modernity. It does so by taking the self-awareness of empire seriously, and by looking into how bureaucrats, ideologues, politicians, scholars, and modern professionals described the ethnic, cultural, and social diversity of the empire. "Empire" then reveals itself not through deliberate and well-conceived actions of some mysterious political body, but as a series of "imperial situations" that different people encounter and perceive in common categories.

Keywords: rationalization; Russian Empire

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