The Russian Empire and Its Rivals
"A very great intellectual achievement" Financial Times "Empire is a quirky hybrid: part straight history, part comparative politics, part international relations, and above all a book which must have been...a real joy to research and write. It is also a joy to read" -- Anne Applebaum Sunday Telegraph "Provocative and wise about our (contemporary Western liberal) perceptions of empire...a very great intellectual achievement" -- John Lloyd Financial Times "With audacity, originality and imagination, Lieven tries a comparative approach to Russian imperial history...a fascinating, insightful experiment" -- Felipe Fernandez-Armesto The Times "This is a strange, brave, opinionated and profoundly ambitious book...densely packed and readable" -- Denis Judd Independent
Dominic Lieven graduated first in his year, 1973, at the University of Cambridge. He was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard and, on completing his PhD, became a lecturer in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics, where he is now Professor of Russian Government. He has also been a visiting professor at Tokyo and Harvard universities, as well as a Humboldt Fellow in G-ttingen and Munich. He has published widely, mostly on late imperial Russia, and his ancestors connect him to a surprising range of empires - among them, his great-uncle, Prince Anatol Lieven, son of Alexander II's Lord Chamberlain.