Wilson Center Experts

Laura Engelstein

Kennan Institute

Russia and Eurasia
Professor, Princeton University
Wilson Center Project(s):
"Embedded Margins: Cultural Exclusions in Late Imperial Russia"
Sep 01, 1993
Jun 01, 1994

Project Summary

The Russian Empire operated in part through the creation of marginalized and stigmatized groups, which helped define the national community by their radical difference and juridical vulnerability. Five of these--Christian sectarians, penal exiles, Jews, Gypsies, and Muslims--will be the focus of this study, which hopes to explain the way in which political and cultural mechanisms interacted in the maintenance of absolute rule. Though they constituted fully developed communities that merit independent study, I hope rather to explore their role as elements in the construction of the Imperial body politic and to show how the figured in the symbolic arsenal of Imperial Russian self-representation.

Previous Terms at the Wilson Center:
Jun 01, 1987 - Jun 01, 1987: "Sexuality and the Social Question in Late Imperial Russia, 1860 - 1917"