Academic journal article Kritika

A "Provincial" Forum

Academic journal article Kritika

A "Provincial" Forum

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In this issue, Kritika offers a forum that takes a somewhat unusual shape. In 2008, Russian scholars in Samara and Izhevsk initiated an online discussion addressing the historical problem of regional and local administration in late imperial Russia. Initially focused on the Volga-Ural region, the enterprise eventually attracted scholars of other parts of the empire, thus encompassing diverse and far-flung areas of Russia. The project went through two major stages that are described in greater detail in Sergei Liubichankovskii's essay. The results of the project were published in 2010, and that volume serves as the basis for the forum that follows. (1)

The principal moderator of the online discussion was Sergei Valentinovich Liubichankovskii of the Orenburg State Pedagogical University. It was he, together with two colleagues from Samara and Izhevsk, who edited and prepared the published materials. Liubichankovskii also wrote an introduction to the volume, summarizing some of its central findings, and a revised version of that introduction is printed here as the lead article in the forum. We follow Liubichankovskii's essay with two critical reviews of the 2010 volume, written by leading specialists on provincial life and local administration in the United States and Germany: Catherine Evtuhov (Georgetown University), author of an insightful portrait of Nizhnii Novgorod province in the 19th century; and Susanne Schattenberg (Universitat Bremen), author of a penetrating analysis of Russian provincial officialdom and its structures of patronage in the same period. (2) Both works seek to debunk pervasive myths about the Russian provinces, and these scholars accordingly offer valuable critical insights on the nature of local and regional administration in imperial Russia. …

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