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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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ASPbII RAN Arkhiv Sanktpeterburgskogo Instituta Istorii RAN (Archive of the St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences), St. Petersburg

CANO Centralnyi arkhiv Nizhegorodskoi oblasti (Central Archive of the Nizhny Novgorod Region), Nizhny Novgorod

GARF Gosudarsvennyi Arkhiv Rossiiskoi Federacii (State Archive of the Russian Federation), Moscow

LATh-HStA Weimar Landesarchiv Thüringen—Hauptstaatsarchiv Weimar

NART Nacional’nyi arkhiv Respubliki Tatarstan, Kazan

OR RNB Otdel rukopisei Rossiiskoi Natsional’noi Biblioteki (Manuscripts Department of the National Library of Russia) St. Petersburg

ORRK NBL KFU Otdel Rukopisei i Redkikh Knig Nauchnoi Biblioteki Kazanskogo Federal’nogo Universiteta (Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Research Library of the Kazan Federal University), Kazan

PSZ Polnoe sobranie zakonov Rossiiskoi imperii

RGADA Rossiiskii Gosudarstvennyi Arkhiv Drevnikh Aktov (Russian State Archive of Ancient Acts), Moscow

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