Congratulations to John LeDonne!!
David Wolff (SRC)
Already in 2006, in a seminal article in Cahiers du monde russe, Dr. LeDonne set his course declaring:
“The purpose of this article is to present in condensed form the evolution of Russia’s policy toward the administration of its territorial peripheries from the 1650s, when a sustained expansionist drive truly began, to the 1840s, when the empire reached the height of its power, even before the annexation of Central Asia and the coastal Far East. … I propose to discuss only one of the three theaters in which the emergence of a sui generis continental ensemble took place. … Whether a similar evolution can be traced in the southern theater (facing the Habsburg and Ottoman empires) and the western theater (facing Swedes, Poles and Prussians) will require a separate study.”*1
*1 John LeDonne, “Building an infrastructure of empire in Russia’s eastern theater, 1650s-1840s,”Cahiers du monde russe 47/3 (2006), 581.