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Knowledge and the Ends of EmpireKazak Intermediaries and Russian Rule on the Steppe, 1731-1917$
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Ian W. Campbell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700798

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700798.001.0001

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Information Revolution and Administrative Reform, Ca. 1845–1868

Information Revolution and Administrative Reform, Ca. 1845–1868

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Knowledge and the Ends of Empire

Ian W. Campbell

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the state of tsarist knowledge by the mid-1860s and compares it with administrative reform as actually practiced on the Kazak steppe. To this end, the chapter analyzes the intellectual world in which the Steppe Commission operated. The Steppe Commission was formed to collect as much information about the Kazak steppe as possible, to be used in the formulation of a new governing statute. The chapter also considers the role played by the Imperial Russian Geographical Society (IRGO) in the Russian Empire's apparatus of knowledge production; the question of whether the Kazak steppe should permanently remain a borderland apart or could ultimately progress to grazhdanstvennost', or “civil order”; the knowledge potential reformers had with respect to Islam in the region; and the Provisional Statute of 1868.

Keywords:   knowledge, administrative reform, Kazak steppe, Steppe Commission, Imperial Russian Geographical Society, Russian Empire, knowledge production, Islam, civil order, Provisional Statute of 1868

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