Tsarist Russia, like the New World, was a magnet for immigrants who sought freedom, opportunity, and fortune. Newcomers from abroad helped make Russia a great civilization, and the changing fortunes of their communities trace Russia's path from imperial might to revolutionary collapse. Dr. Martin will employ the story of one family from Germany to reconstruct the larger history of Russia as a promisted land for migrants from the age of Napoleon to the end of the tsarist empire.
Dr. Martin is a prolific author, editor and translater. His book, Enlightened Metropolis: Constructing Imperial Moscow, 1762-1855 (Oxford University Press, 2013) won the Marc Raeff Prize of the Eighteenth-Century Russian Studies Association and the Best Book Award (non-North American) of the Urban History Association. A Russian edition was published in 2015.