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The Enigmatic Tsar and his Empire: Russia under Alexander I, 1801-1825

Berlin; Bern; Brux.; NY; Oxford; Warsz.; Wien; Mainz: Peter Lang, 2019.
Under the general editorship: J. Kusber, A. Kaplunovskiy, B. Conrad.

The aim of the edition is to establish general narratives for the Alexandrine Age, not so much from the traditional vantage point of the emperor and his inner circle but from the point of view of experts and elites, especially the local ones, who perceived the empire a laboratory. These “men on the spot,” whether officially sanctioned by the state or independently of it, drafted “maps” of the empire and its collective subjects, constructed social political and economic imaginaries of the empire. Actors, who envisioned the functioned of the state and imagined its future, doing it also in comparison and in entanglement with other states in Europe. Therefore, individual experts like local doctors, legal scholars, practical jurists, and amateur scientists would be considered alongside with collective actors such as the Decembrists and the members of the so-called “conservative elite” and other networks.

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The Enigmatic Tsar and his Empire: Russia under Alexander I, 1801-1825