“Khodarkovsky provides a detailed chronological narrative of Russia’s steppe relations, which conveys brilliantly the depth of Moscow’s engagement in the world of steppe politics. . . . This is counterbalanced by insightful thematic discussion of the perennial issues involved. . . . Altogether, an excellent study of a vital dimension of Russia’s historical evolution.” —Slavonic and East European Review
“. . . the first connected account of Moscow’s assertion of military and political control over its steppe frontier. The book’s scope is impressive, as it traces the transformation of a turbulent steppe frontier into an imperial borderland. . . . a signal contribution to our understanding of European history.” —American Historical Review
Drawing on sources and archival materials in Russian and Turkic languages, Russia’s Steppe Frontier presents a complex picture of the encounter between indigenous peoples and the Russians. An original and invaluable resource for understanding Russia’s imperial experience.