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Enterprising Empires
Russia and Britain in Eighteenth-Century Eurasia

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  • Date Published: February 2019
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  • isbn: 9781108572460

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  • Commercial competition between Britain and Russia became entangled during the eighteenth century in Iran, the Middle East, and China, and disputes emerged over control of the North Pacific. Focusing on the British Russia Company, Matthew P. Romaniello charts the ways in which the company navigated these commercial and diplomatic frontiers. He reveals how geopolitical developments affected trade far more than commercial regulations, while also challenging depictions of this period as a straightforward era of Russian economic decline. By looking at merchants' and diplomats' correspondence and the actions and experiences of men working in Eurasia for Russia and Britain, he demonstrates the importance of restoring human experiences in global processes and provides individual perspective on this game of empire. This approach reveals that economic fears, more than commodities exchanged, motivated actions across the geopolitical landscape of Europe during the Seven Years' War and the American and French Revolutions.

    • Uncovers the people and history of the British Russia Company in the eighteenth century
    • Highlights British trade in Asia and the North Pacific, rather than focusing on the economy of the Atlantic
    • Moves Russia from the global 'semi-periphery' to the center of the global economy
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    'Matthew P. Romaniello has uncovered a fascinating cast of characters through whom he reinterprets the history of Anglo-Russian relations in the eighteenth century, revealing both Britain and Russia in unexpected ways. This book is essential reading for British, imperial, and Atlantic historians interested in a fresh perspective on the entangled empires of the eighteenth-century world.' Alison Games, Georgetown University, Washington DC

    'Enterprising Empires is an outstanding addition to the literature on Russia as a Eurasian empire. By reconstructing the interactions of the Russian and British governments, and British trading companies with the dynamics of Russia's far-flung peripheries, Romaniello shows how empire worked in actual practice in the early modern era.' Alexander M. Martin, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

    'Matthew P. Romaniello's impressive and original study throws novel and persuasive light on the Anglo-Russian trading relationship during the long eighteenth century. Firmly rejecting the trope of Russia's 'economic backwardness', he instead reveals the vitality of this commerce and its key Eurasian dimension, with important implications for current debates in global history. Warmly recommended.' Hamish Scott, Jesus College, Oxford

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    • Date Published: February 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108572460
    • contains: 7 b/w illus. 3 maps 7 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Opening opportunities
    2. Managing mercantilism
    3. Asian aspirations
    4. Navigating neutrality
    5. Continental challenges
    Afterword.

  • Author

    Matthew P. Romaniello, Weber State University, Utah
    Matthew P. Romaniello is Assistant Professor of History at Weber State University, Utah, and previously was Professor of History at the University of Hawaiʻi. He is the editor of Sibirica: Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies, and is the author of The Elusive Empire: Kazan and the Creation of Russia, 1552–1671 (2012).

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