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Knowledge and the Ends of Empire: Kazak Intermediaries and Russian Rule on the Steppe, 1731-1917

Ian W. Campbell


This book investigates the connections between knowledge production and policy formation on the Kazak steppes of the Russian Empire. Hoping to better govern the region, tsarist officials were desperate to obtain reliable information about an unfamiliar environment and population. This created opportunities for Kazak intermediaries to represent themselves and their landscape to the tsarist state. Because tsarist officials were uncertain of what the steppe was, and disagreed on what could be made of it, Kazaks were able to be part of these debates, at times influencing the policies that were pur ... More

Keywords: resistance, Russian Empire, Kazak steppe, knowledge production, tsarist state, sedentary agriculture, Kazak intermediaries, policy formation, Kazaks, nomads

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501700798
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501700798.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian W. Campbell, author
University of California, Davis