Matt Romaniello


Matt Romaniello is assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.  His research is focused on the early modern Russian Empire and its relationship with its Muslim and animist subjects.  This is the subject of his first monograph, The Elusive Empire: Kazan and the Creation of Russia, 1552-1671 (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012).  He has also begun a major research project on the consumption of tobacco in early-modern and imperial Russia, which led to the publication of Tobacco in Russian History and Culture (Routledge, 2009), edited with Tricia Starks.  This has led to a growing interest in the global economy and comparative empires more generally.  A second ongoing interest is Russia’s relationship with early modern India and Iran, as seen thorough the eyes of its merchants and diplomats.

Additional Publications:

“‘In friendship and love’: Russian Travels to Muslim Lands in the Early Modern Era,” Historical Yearbook of the Nicolae Iorga History Institute of the Romanian Academy, VI (2009): 111-122

“Muscovy’s Extraordinary Ban on Tobacco” in Tobacco in Russian History and Culture: From the Seventeenth Century to the Present (New York: Routledge), 9-25

“Through the Filter of Tobacco: The Limits of Global Trade in the Early Modern World,” Comparative Studies of Society and History, 49:4 (2007): 914-937

“Mission Delayed: The Russian Orthodox Church after the Conquest of Kazan’,” Church History, 76:3 (2007): 511-540

“Grant, Settle, Negotiate: Military Service in the Middle Volga Region,” in Peopling the Russian Periphery: Borderland Colonization in Eurasian History, edited by Nicholas Breyfogle, Abby Schrader, and Willard Sunderland, (New York: Routledge), 61-77

“Ethnicity as Social Rank: Governance, Law, and Empire in Muscovite Russia,” Nationalities Papers, 33:4 (2006): 447-469

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