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Russification and Educational Policies in the Middle Volga Region (1860-1914)

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  • Mon 13 Jan 2014 09.00 - 11.00
  Add to Calendar 2014-01-13 9:00 2014-01-13 11:00 Europe/Paris Russification and Educational Policies in the Middle Volga Region (1860-1914)

The dissertation investigates the Russification policy of the late-imperial Russian state, as it related to educational policy in the Middle Volga region. It seeks to understand how the tsarist authorities sought to define ‘Russianness’ and how they sought to craft relations with ‘pagan’ minorities and Muslims in a region where the Slavic-Orthodox, the Turkic-Islamic and the Finno-‘pagan’ worlds interacted. It asks how far the educational projects of the Orthodox missions and the secular authorities brought about ‘Russification’.
The analysis of the changes in imperial policy in the period between the 1860s to 1914 allows for the conclusion that the methods, instruments and aims of Russification policy continually changed and that policy was applied quite differently vis-à-vis the Muslim and pagan, or in most cases only superficially Orthodox , population of the region.
When dealing with the educational project for the non-Muslim population in the region, also known as the project of N.Il’minskii, the dissertation aims to understand how the russifying and missionary components related to each other. Furthermore, it studies the alternative educational projects aiming at Russification of the non-Russian population of the region that the Il’minskii system had to compete with.
A considerable amount of the dissertation is devoted the discussion of the Muslim reform movement and emergence of Jadidism. By analyzing and comparing the curricula of old-method madrasahs and the new-methods ones, the dissertation demonstrates the evolution that the Middle Volga Muslims underwent under the influence of both inner reforms and the actions of the authorities.

Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia - SCHIFANOIA DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia - SCHIFANOIA

The dissertation investigates the Russification policy of the late-imperial Russian state, as it related to educational policy in the Middle Volga region. It seeks to understand how the tsarist authorities sought to define ‘Russianness’ and how they sought to craft relations with ‘pagan’ minorities and Muslims in a region where the Slavic-Orthodox, the Turkic-Islamic and the Finno-‘pagan’ worlds interacted. It asks how far the educational projects of the Orthodox missions and the secular authorities brought about ‘Russification’.
The analysis of the changes in imperial policy in the period between the 1860s to 1914 allows for the conclusion that the methods, instruments and aims of Russification policy continually changed and that policy was applied quite differently vis-à-vis the Muslim and pagan, or in most cases only superficially Orthodox , population of the region.
When dealing with the educational project for the non-Muslim population in the region, also known as the project of N.Il’minskii, the dissertation aims to understand how the russifying and missionary components related to each other. Furthermore, it studies the alternative educational projects aiming at Russification of the non-Russian population of the region that the Il’minskii system had to compete with.
A considerable amount of the dissertation is devoted the discussion of the Muslim reform movement and emergence of Jadidism. By analyzing and comparing the curricula of old-method madrasahs and the new-methods ones, the dissertation demonstrates the evolution that the Middle Volga Muslims underwent under the influence of both inner reforms and the actions of the authorities.


Location:
Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia - SCHIFANOIA

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Thesis defence

Contact:
Kathy Wolf Fabiani - Send a mail

Supervisor:
Prof. Stephen Anthony Smith

Examiner:
Prof. Alexei Miller (CEU Budapest)
Prof. Boris Kolonitskii (European University in St. Petersburg)
Alexander Etkind (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)

Defendant:
Oxana Zemtsova (EUI - Department of History and Civilization)
 

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