By Eric Lohr

Russian Citizenship is the 1st e-book to track the Russian state’s citizenship coverage all through its heritage. concentrating on the interval from the mid-nineteenth century to the consolidation of Stalin’s strength within the Thirties, Eric Lohr considers whom the kingdom counted between its voters and whom it took pains to exclude. His learn finds that the Russian angle towards citizenship was once much less xenophobic and isolationist and extra just like eu attitudes than has been formerly thought―until the force towards autarky after 1914 finally sealed the country off and set it apart.

Drawing on untapped assets within the Russian police and overseas affairs data, Lohr’s examine is grounded in case reviews of immigration, emigration, naturalization, and lack of citizenship between contributors and teams, together with Jews, Muslims, Germans, and different minority populations. Lohr explores how reform of citizenship legislation within the 1860s inspired foreigners to immigrate and behavior company in Russia. For the subsequent part century, citizenship coverage used to be pushed through makes an attempt to modernize Russia via intensifying its interplay with the skin international. yet becoming suspicion towards non-Russian minorities, relatively Jews, resulted in a reversal of this openness throughout the First global battle and to a Soviet regime that disadvantaged complete different types of population in their citizenship rights.

Lohr sees those Soviet regulations as dramatically divergent from longstanding Russian traditions and means that for you to comprehend the citizenship dilemmas Russia faces today―including easy methods to deal with an inflow of chinese language workers in Siberia―we needs to go back to pre-Stalin history.

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