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National Research University Higher School of EconomicsResearch projectsElites, Control over Resources, and Governability in Early Modern Russia

Elites, Control over Resources, and Governability in Early Modern Russia

Priority areas of development: humanitarian
2015
Department: Centre for Source Studies
The project has been carried out as part of the HSE Program of Fundamental Studies.

Goal of research: searching, analysis and preparing for publication various types of mass sources that allow to study Russia’s elites as a key actor in the policy formation, the role of resource constraints and competition for the right to manage resources in the institutional and political transformations in Russia early modern period, within selected key thematic areas; development of methodological approaches and realization of this study on the basis of the mentioned sources.

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.

Publications:


Захаров А. В. Проект информационной системы «Сказки генерального смотра шляхетства 1721–1722 гг.» в контексте изучения массовых источников и регестов // Вестник Челябинского государственного университета. 2015. Т. 65. № 16. С. 130-139.
Корчмина Е. С. Описания регионов (наместничеств, губерний) 1780-1790-х гг. - источник по исторической статистике, // В кн.: Библиография. Археография. Источниковедение: Сборники статей и материалов Вып. 2. М., СПб. : ООО "Старая Басманная", 2015. С. 47-58.
Захаров А. В. Боярин и первый сенатор Иван Алексеевич Мусин-Пушкин на службе и в кругу семьи // В кн.: Труды Государственного Эрмитажа Т. 78: Петровское время в лицах – 2015. СПб. : Государственный Эрмитаж, 2015. Гл. 20. С. 229-236.
Федюкин И. И. «От обоих истинное шляхетство»: сухопутный шляхетный кадетский корпус и конструирование послепетровской элиты, 1731-1762 // В кн.: Идеал воспитания дворянства в Европе: XVII-XIX вв. / Науч. ред.: И. И. Федюкин, В. Ржеуцкий. [б.и.], 2016.
I.A. Khristophorov. Russian elite and peasants' problems after the abolition of selfdom / Пер. с рус. // 吉林大學社會科學學報/ Ji Lin Da Xue She Hui Ke Xue Xue Bao/ Jilin University Journal Social Sciences Edition. 2015. Vol. 55. No. 6. P. 147-152. doi
Liseitsev D. V. On the Reconstruction of the State Budget of the Muscovite State at the End of the 16th–17th Centuries. // Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History. 2015. No. 17(1)
Khristoforov I. Professors and Bankers: Russia’s State Bank Charters of 1860 and 1894, Economic Expertise and Public Opinion / Basic Research Programme. Series HUM "Humanities". 2015. No. WP BRP 116/HUM/2015 .
Khristoforov I. Blurred lines: land surveying and the creation of land property in Russia in the nineteenth century / Пер. с рус. // Cahiers du Monde Russe. 2016. Vol. 57. No. 1. P. 31-54.