Research purpose: The reconstruction and analysis of the social mobility process, forms and types of social network and interaction, ways of construction and description of social identity in the Russian Empire, comparative analysis of these process with similar process in early modern Europe.
Empirical base of the research: published and unpublished primary sources including files from the Russian State Archives of Ancient Acts as well as the historiography of the problems and studies in the theory and methods of the 'new social history'
Research results: In the course of this research work, several collections of governmental documents that contain incidental information on the social history of 18th – 19th c. Russia were uncovered and analyzed. The study proved that it is possible to use these documents for the reconstruction of the realities of social structure of the Russian society and interactions between various social groups.
One of the collections in question is made up of promissory notes and other financial documents on loan practices from the town of Bejetsk that include information on about 2500 cases and may be used for the study of social and spacial mobility, social network as well as some gender aspects of social interactions.
The other collection is the court files of the Sysknoi prikazthat was used for the reconstruction of the Moscow criminal realm in the first half of the 18th c., study dynamics and structure of criminality in post-Petrine Russia, as well as some social aspects of power-society relations, like the implementation of Peter's orders on bears shaving and 'German dress' and deviant behavior including infanticide.
To form basis for comparative study of social process in Imperial Russia and early modern Europe, a study of the self-identity of the 16th century French lawyers has been undertaken.
The study includes two databases, the first of which is based on the information of 4293 reviskye skazki of privately-owned peasants, one-yard owners, cossacks, townsmen and other social groups that were compiled during the 1762-1766 census in the Southern regions of the Russian Empire and may be used for the study of different aspects of social history, like demographic process, changes in the social structure of the population, genealogy, etc.
The second data base contains information on the population of the Irbitsk suburb (sloboda) in the 17th century.
Implementation of the research results: Research results of the project are used in courses taught at the Faculty of History, HSE, both in BA and MA programs.