Cossacks and the Russian Empire, 1598-1725: Manipulation, Rebellion and Expansion into Siberia

Cossacks and the Russian Empire, 1598-1725: Manipulation, Rebellion and Expansion into Siberia

by Christoph Witzenrath
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415416213

ISBN-13: 9780415416214

Pub. Date: 06/04/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Using a wide range sources, this book explores the ways in which the Russians governed their empire in Siberia from 1598 to 1725. Paying particular attention to the role of the Siberian Cossaks, the author takes a thorough assessment of how the institutions of imperial government functioned in seventeenth century Russia.

It raises important questions concerning

Overview

Using a wide range sources, this book explores the ways in which the Russians governed their empire in Siberia from 1598 to 1725. Paying particular attention to the role of the Siberian Cossaks, the author takes a thorough assessment of how the institutions of imperial government functioned in seventeenth century Russia.

It raises important questions concerning the nature of the Russian autocracy in the early modern period, investigating the neglected relations of a vital part of the Empire with the metropolitan centre, and examines how the Russian authorities were able to control such a vast and distant frontier given the limited means at its disposal. It argues that despite this great physical distance, the representations of the Tsar’s rule in the symbols, texts and gestures that permeated Siberian institutions were close at hand, thus allowing the promotion of political stability and favourable terms of trade. Investigating the role of the Siberian Cossacks, the book explains how the institutions of empire facilitated their position as traders via the sharing of cultural practices, attitudes and expectations of behaviour across large distances among the members of organisations or personal networks.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415416214
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/04/2007
Series:
Routledge Studies in the History of Russia and Eastern Europe Series
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgements     xi
Figures     xiii
Introduction     1
Aims and objectives     1
Siberia in the seventeenth century     6
Empire and expansion     20
Sources     27
The Cossack group     31
Group rule and the leader     34
Integration through institutional adaptation: advice and the Cossacks     49
Intermediary ranks     55
The voevoda and the Personenverband     58
The economics of Siberian service     62
Conflict and negotiation     70
Credit, trade and service     78
Integration of the trading frontier: the sovereign's affair     85
Siberia in the seventeenth century - a vast military camp?     86
The limited public sphere, patronage, and Cossack litigation     87
The regalian salutation     97
The sovereign's word and affair     99
Conclusion     119
Kormlenie and bribery: local influence and administration     122
Cultural blindness or reasonable flexibility?     130
Conclusion     138
Local and central power in the Baikal region 1689-1720     139
Two faces of power around Lake Baikal     141
Sedentarization and rebellion     150
A shaky alliance on the Selenga     152
Confrontation     164
Trade and rebellion     167
Conclusion     180
Conclusion     182
Glossary     189
Notes     192
References     228
Index     247

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