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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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Elusive Subjects and the Instability of Noble Society

Elusive Subjects and the Instability of Noble Society

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Claiming Crimea

Kelly O'Neill

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on one of the crucial mechanisms of empire building: the integration of elites. Previous scholars have presumed that the Crimean elite followed a path similar to that of their Georgian and Ukrainian peers. According to the accepted narrative, officials offered the mirzas a role in facilitating the establishment of Russian rule, and they accepted. By the early nineteenth century, mirzas relinquished the reins of authority to Russian officials and landowners, thus removing any vestiges of local particularity in the Tavrida administration. Those who remained in positions of power did so only by forsaking their previous allegiances and becoming part of the Russian social and cultural fabric. In so doing, they left the Crimean Tatar population vulnerable to integrationist policies.

Keywords:   empire building, Crimean elite, mirzas, Russian rule, local particularity, Tavrida administration, Crimean Tatar population, integrationist policies

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