This study deals with the issues of political socialisation and the contents of political literacy within the framework of a multinational empire, using the examples of and European Russia during the period 1875-1917/18. The educational process is understood as communicative space for the transfer of the official vision of politics, which is analysed through textual analysis of reading books and the textbooks of history, geography, civics and homeland study and geography. The authoress has focused her attention upon several research areas: historical narration; visions of the Empire in terms of the requirement for unity; polical actors and the formation of citizen and citizenship concepts. Through their analysis she has attempted to gain an understanding of official definitions and visions of the political arena. She also touches upon the issues of cultural and mental heritage of the 'imperial' political culture in Central and Eastern Europe.