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Measuring Migration in Russia: A Perspective of Empire, 1500–1900

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Willard Sunderland examines the co-existence of forces of mobility and immobility in Russia's history, with particular respect to the state's attempts at harnessing both to achieve its aims. This chapter looks at the quantitative side of this balancing act. As part of their recent endeavor to quantify and classify European migration over a five hundred-year period, Jan and Leo Lucassen have produced a first dataset on Russian historical migrations in as far as it involved the population of the European part of the country, i.e. West of the Urals and North of the Caucasus mountain ridge, over the period 1500-1900. Supplementing the Lucassen data-set with figures for the Asian parts of the country to arrive at an empire-wide perspective the analyze trends in Russian migration over time and compare them to the European and Chinese cases to establish similarities and dissimilarities between the three.

Keywords: Leo Lucassen; Russian historical migrations; Willard Sunderland



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