Sahadeo’s article examines Julian Go’s Patterns of Empire from the viewpoint of a historian of Russia’s southern borderlands of the Caucasus and Central Asia. Go offers a pathway for scholars of other expansionist regimes, including the tsarist state and the Soviet Union, to break down exclusivist mythologies and think beyond the nation. In turn, Sahadeo’s article examines steps toward a transnational history of empire that builds on Go’s peripheral model.

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