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'Reports on the Activities of the Corps of Gendarmes' (1828-1838): A Source-Critical Study

Student: Aleksandr Leontev

Supervisor: Alsu Nazimovna Biktasheva

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: Historical Knowledge (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2019

Annual reports are considered to be one of the most crucial historical sources for state institutions studies. The Secret police, which appeared under the reign of Nicholas I, was not an exception for providing the reports. Those of the His Own Majesty Imperial Chancellery have been well known among historians since the end of the XIXth c. Meanwhile, the Gendarme Corps’ annual reports were seldom used. The current study aims to carry out a source-critical research of the Gendarme Corps’ annual reports of 1828-1838, which are the early years of the institution’s history. The research produces the clarification of the annual reports’ system of the Secret police, provides a source analysis of the Gendarme Corps’ annual reports and introduces the opportunities for further study of this institution and Nicholas I general policy-making using this type of a historical source.

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