Methodology: In addition to traditional methods of historical research methodology includes adapted methods of modern social sciences - social history, sociology, economic history, digital humanities.
Empirical base of research: On this stage of the project its realization was centered on the following empirical case-studies, or directions of the research: 1. education as a social resource in post-Petrine Russia; 2. control over the resources in public policy: competition among the elite groups and communication with a ruler; 3. corporations, administrative resources and governability in the XVIII-XIX centuries (on the example of the regional elite and professional groups); 3. register and full-text databases of mass sources of the Moscow Prikaz and Senate agencies. The sources of the study came mainly from various Russian historical archives: RGIA, RGADA, RGVIA, Central state archive of Moscow province, State archive of Ryazan province, and others.
Results of research: The members of the team delivered a series of open research seminars in Higher School of Economics and elsewhere, presented 27 papers on Russian and international conferences, and published 16 articles and a preprint on the topic. There were organized two workshops. They continue to form a number of databases within the project’s thematic.
Level of implementation, recommendations on implementation or outcomes of the implementation of the results. The results of the research could be used in preparing and teaching courses on Russia’s and world history, on the history of Russia’s reforms, public administration, economic history. They also can serve as expert materials while studying the state building and government in past and present.