Смоленская губерния после Отечественной войны 1812 года в ментальной географии Российской империи: между символической славой и экономической маргинализацией
This paper addresses to multiple narratives about Smolensk province that appeared after the French invasion of Russia through the aspects of economic history and mental geography. Smolensk province has a long and complicated history under the Russian statehood. The purpose of the article is to identify: What mental representation of the region existed regarding the Smolensk province during this period? How did the images change and what factors influenced that? What was the role of regional actors in shaping these images? The author suggested that in the post-war 30 years there was a significant gap between the mental perception of the Smolensk province and the actual state and position of the region. Smolensk province turned into marginalized region in terms of economics and governance. At the same time, a compensatory narrative about loyalty, heroism and the significance of Smolensk (and its province) was actualized in the mental space of the Russian Empire. The relevance of this narrative was articulated among regional actors, mainly from the economic perspective. As a result, this contradiction created a contradiction between the symbolic image and the actual state of the province. The project is based on the archival materials from RGIA, GASO and GARF. Methodological framework of this project are mental geography (B. Schenk) and approach of regional studies (A. Remnev, W. Sunderland, E. Boltunova).