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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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The State Wields its Power

The State Wields its Power

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The Russian Empire 1450-1801

Nancy Shields Kollmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the areas in which the state wielded its power, asserting authority across the realm to accomplish tasks essential to imperial control: taxation, mobilization of human and material resources, stability, political legitimation. These areas ranged from construction of road networks and a system of coachmen, to the creation of provisioning of new settlements and military units, to forced population movement to settle Siberia and other imperial borderlands, to systems of quarantine to defend against epidemic. Mapping and cadastral surveys asserted control across the realm. The chapter focuses on the criminal law as a state monopoly, exploring procedure, punishment, and exile; it analyzes the bureaucracy and centralized bureaucratic network as the state’s representation across the realm.

Keywords:   communications, mobility, provisioning, exile, Siberia, coachmen, epidemics, criminal law, bureaucracy, torture

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