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The Greatest Emancipator: Abolition and Empire in Tsarist Russia

This article offers an original interpretation of the famous Russian serf Emancipation of 1861 as part of a broader imperial process affecting not just Russians alone but numerous categories of unfree people within the Russian Empire over the long 19th century. In addition, it links the history of serf reform within Russia with Russian antislavery politics in the international arena, arguing that all these registers -- the imperial and the national, the domestic and the foreign -- were intimately connected in the Russian emancipation enterprise, thus placing what is typically understood as a Russian national story into a much wider and more revealing intellectual and geographical framework.