Russians in Warsaw: Imperialism and National Identity, 1863--1915
The Russian responses to this imagined Polish threat manifested themselves in numerous architectural projects that solidified a Russian historical and Orthodox presence, the creation of charitable organizations that focused on Russian needs, and imperial tours that lauded Russian history, culture, and other achievements. As was true elsewhere in the empire, local Russians increasingly identified Russianness with the Russian Orthodox faith and language. Dynastic loyalty also continued to mold their identity. Varsovian Russians insisted on propagating what they believed was truly Russian on the imperial periphery as a means of ensuring their own national identities and as proof of the permanence of their presence there. The importance of this work lies in uncovering the influence of local initiative upon the imperial project that Warsaw's Russians took in order to address their particular concerns and the responses of Poles to that project.
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