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Claiming CrimeaA History of Catherine the Great's Southern Empire$
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Kelly O'Neill

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300218299

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300218299.001.0001

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Geographies of Authority

Geographies of Authority

(p.41) 1 Geographies of Authority
Claiming Crimea

Kelly O'Neill

Yale University Press

This chapter explores the administrative reorganization of the khanate and the development of new structures of authority. It describes the implementation of Catherine's provincial reform and charter to the nobility, as well as the creation of the Tavrida Muslim Spiritual Board, as events that demonstrate the empire's capacity to preserve and control difference. While previous scholarship has suggested that Tavrida became a regular province of the empire in a matter of months, and certainly by 1802, the end of local particularity came much later—the result of nearly half a century of wrangling over the shape of administrative, social, and cultural institutions. Ultimately, the noble assembly emerges as a crucial site of debate and struggle over access to authority, for it was this body that served as gatekeeper of noble status.

Keywords:   authority, provincial reform, nobility, Tavrida Muslim Spiritual Board, Catherine II, Tavrida, khanate

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