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Dmitry Bludov: Strategies for Integration in the Bureaucratic System of the Russian Empire during 1820–1840s

Student: Elizaveta Petrova

Supervisor: Alsu Nazimovna Biktasheva

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: History (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 8

Year of Graduation: 2018

The problem of the successful functioning of a person in power has always been relevant for any country, since it is the administrative apparatus of the state that is responsible for the effective operation of all "gears" inside the empire, kingdom or republic. Studying any ruler, his activities, plans, reforms, we can not do without researching the layer of society that surrounds him, his close-knit statesmen - the administrative elite. Modern researchers are not lagging behind in studying the high bureaucracy of modern Russia, focusing on regional aspects, socio-professional criteria and comparative analysis and theoretical points on this issue. If we move away from the sociological method of studying the bureaucratic elite and turn to an anthropological approach in studying the functioning of the power structure of the state apparatus, we can see directly the "living human factor" that determines the success or failure of the decision and builds a career for the dignitary himself. To trace this interaction of personalization and institutionalization of management and to construct such a "man in power" is thought to be interesting, at the epoch of the reign of Nicholas I, whose reign in historiography was affirmed as the "apogee of the autocracy". What is he: an official in the Nikolayev chancellory? In order to answer the question posed, it is necessary to study the life and career path of one official of this era, in our case Dmitry Nikolayevich Bludov (1785-1864) will be such an official.

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