Goal of research: to analyze the phenomena of historical empires’ crisis and the shapes and types of political imagination of post-imperial political order, which emerge due to the crisis of empire regimes; to trace the influence of the imagination of a post-imperial political order on the post-imperial political development in the history of Russia within the context of transformation from Empire into the UdSSR.
Methodology: the project seeks to actively develop the field of studying historical empires as regimes of diversity management and connect this approach with the study of historical empires wherein the empires are defined as key actors of an international order. The issue of imperial regime transformation is closely connected with historical context of actualization of the issue of internal and external borders and redefinition of the fundamentals for tracing such borders. The project also applies the most recent constructivist interpretation of nationalism. The methodologies of transferring and entangled histories also play a key role in the research.
Empirical base of research: data on governing small social groups in pre-imperial period; text documents of the projects of reforming the political space on the basis of regionalism, autonomism and federalism and the data on the discussions which took place within the society and involved political structures such as political parties.
Results of research: the research resulted in an analytical description of the phenomena of historical empires’ crisis and the shapes and types of political imagination of post-imperial political order, which emerge due to the crisis of empire regimes and in defining the influence of the imagination of a post-imperial political order on the post-imperial normative framework. The presented cases of the emerging administrative and social strata in Muscovy in the 16—17th cent. as a reply to the challenge of diversity, of social and political practices of Old believers, of emergence, diffusion and implementation of the autonomist ideas and discourses in the Russian Far East and Central Asia corroborate with the applied methodology and contribute to forming a new and adequate theoretical paradigm of treating the social and the political in a long term.