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Ian Campbell, “Knowledge and the Ends of Empire: Kazak Intermediaries and Russian Rule on the Steppe, 1731-1917”

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Ian Campbell, “Knowledge and the Ends of Empire: Kazak Intermediaries and Russian Rule on the Steppe, 1731-1917”
Start:
May 3, 2017 12:00 pm
End:
May 3, 2017 1:30 pm
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Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: 4217 SSH

Ian Campbell will speak on his new book, Knowledge and the Ends of Empire: Kazak Intermediaries and Russian Rule on the Steppe, 1731-1917. In Knowledge and the Ends of Empire, Campbell investigates the connections between knowledge production and policy formation on the Kazak steppes of the Russian Empire. Hoping to better govern the region, tsarist officials were desperate to obtain reliable information about an unfamiliar environment and population. This thirst for knowledge created opportunities for Kazak intermediaries to represent themselves and their landscape to the tsarist state. Because tsarist officials were uncertain of what the steppe was, and disagreed on what could be made of it, Kazaks were able to be part of these debates, at times influencing the policies that were pursued.

This event is sponsored by Department of History Colloquium

For more information please contact: Corrie Decker, crdecker@ucdavis.edu

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