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The Enigmatic Tsar and His Empire

Russia under Alexander I. 1801–1825

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Edited By Jan Kusber, Alexander Kaplunovskiy and Benjamin Conrad

In many ways Russia under Alexander I was an epoch of exploration and revision of empire and state-building. The authors of this volume explore the Alexandrine-era Russia not from the traditional vantage point of the emperor and his inner circle but from the point of view of experts and elites. These «men on the spot» drafted «maps» of the empire and its collective subjects and constructed social, political, and economic imaginaries of the empire. All these revisions and projects did not necessarily lead to an immediate and consistent (re)organization of the political, social, and cultural structures of imperial space. The Alexandrine Russia may be interpreted much more as a «laboratory» in which different potential scenarios for modernization were designed, discussed, and tested—but also rejected and forgotten.

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Alsu BIKTASHEVA—Doctor of Sciences in History, Professor, Department of Philosophy, The State University–The Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Benjamin CONRAD—Dr.Phil, Teaching Coordinator, Department of History, Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany

Lorenz ERREN—Dr.Phil., Research Associate, Department for Eastern European History, Johannes-Gutenberg-University at Mainz, Germany

Alexander KAPLUNOVSKY—Dr.Phil., Research Associate, Department for Eastern European History, Johannes-Gutenberg-University at Mainz, Germany

Jan KUSBER—Dr.Habil., Professor, Chair of Department for Eastern European History, Johannes-Gutenberg-University at Mainz, Germany

Aleksandr ORLOV—Doctor of Sciences in History, Professor, Department of Modern and Contemporary History, Institute of History and Politics, Moscow Pedagogical State University (MPGU), Moscow, Russia

Vadim PARSAMOV—Doctor of Sciences in History, Chief Research Fellow, Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities; Professor, Faculty of Humanities, The State University–The Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Sergei POLSKOY—Candidate of Sciences in History, Associate Professor, Faculty of Humanities, The State University–The Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Maike SACH—Dr.Phil., Research Associate, Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek Große Kirche Emden, Emden, Germany

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