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The Lawful Empire. Legal Change and Cultural Diversity in Late Tsarist Russia

Book presentation by Stefan B. Kirmse (ZMO)

With comments by Tatiana Borisova (Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg) and Nancy Kollmann (Stanford University)

This book combines an analysis of law and legal practice with a discussion of autocratic rule over a multicultural empire. It is as much about new legal institutions and their implications for an emerging rule of law in late tsarist Russia as it is about equality and cultural diversity. It examines the introduction and local use of the court system created by the Judicial Reform of 1864, its gradual expansion across the Eurasian landmass over the following three decades, and its importance for Russian imperial rule. Focusing on two regions that stood out for their ethnic and religious diversity, it follows the spread of the new legal institutions into the open steppe of southern Russia, especially Crimea, and into the fields and forests of the Middle Volga region around the ancient Tatar capital of Kazan. As these former frontier zones were home to large Tatar populations, this book is also about the integration of Muslims.

Stefan Kirmse is a Senior Research Fellow and research coordinator at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin and a senior lecturer in modern history at Humboldt University Berlin. He gained his PhD in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London in 2009. He is the author of ‘Youth and Globalization in Central Asia’ (2013) and ‘The Lawful Empire. Legal Change and Cultural Diversity in Late Imperial Russia’ (2019).

The book presentation is organised in cooperation with the Law & Society Institute at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

The event will be held via Zoom. Please register at registration@zmo.de

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