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The Russian Empire 1450-1801$
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Nancy Shields Kollmann

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280513

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280513.001.0001

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Surveillance and Control in Imperial Expansion

Surveillance and Control in Imperial Expansion

(p.335) 16 Surveillance and Control in Imperial Expansion
The Russian Empire 1450-1801

Nancy Shields Kollmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter continues Chapter 7’s theme of the state’s wielding empire-wide power. Forcible population movement continued, mapping of the realm intensified, and regular censuses of the taxpaying population were instituted. Communications improved, with the coach system integrated into a new mail system. Canals, particularly serving St. Petersburg, were also improved, as were military provisioning, grain reserves for major cities, and public health procedures. The chapter also describes how the judicial procedure and punishment regimes of the 1649 Lawcode remained in force as successive efforts of codification failed, but legal reform in the 1770s–80s created a more complex hierarchy of courts.

Keywords:   surveillance, population movement, legal reform, maps, census, coachmen, communications, canals, passports, provisioning

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