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THE IMPERIAL SOCIETY FOR PROMOTION OF THE RUSSIAN TRADE SHIPPING AND THE OIL ISSUE IN THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE IN THE LAST QUARTER OF THE 19TH CENTURY

Studies of interconnections between social, technological, economic and cultural forces belong to the trend of modernisation studies in the Russian Empire in the second half of the 19th century. Modernisation implies establishment and growth of institutions and infrastructures that are examined as a set of communication practices between different actors – the state, experts and various offices. This research is a historical study of interconnections between technologies and society. It is focused on the significance of materiality (namely natural oil resources) in these processes.