Soviet Empire as “Family Resemblance”

  title={Soviet Empire as “Family Resemblance”},
  author={Mark R. Beissinger},
  journal={Slavic Review},
  pages={294 - 303}
Empire has become a common analytical frame through which the Soviet state and its collapse are interpreted. Commenting on the other contributions to this forum, Mark R. Beissinger examines the limits and utility of this concept, arguing that empire needs to be understood, not as a clearly bounded transhistorical model, but as a Wittgensteinian “family resemblance” whose meaning and referents have altered significantly over time. The article then probes the ways the concept of empire has been… Expand
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