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Carolina Seminar Elizabethan “Intermezzo”: Theatricality as Politics at the Russian Imperial Court (1740s-1750s)

April 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Unlike Peter I and Catherine II, Empress Elizabeth (r. 1741-61) is not known for her imperial strategy. Yet, her reign witnessed important developments in all of the empire’s border regions, from the annexation of a piece of Finland as a result of the Treaty of Åbo (1743) to the encounter with the Bashkirs, linked to intensive industrial development in the Urals. This paper will attempt an overview of Elizabeth’s empire, both from the perspective of key issues in the border areas and from that of imperial policy. Crucial processes and decisions include the integration of the Baltic region, the reaffirmation of the Ukrainian hetmanate and establishment of New Serbia, and the economically motivated southward push in the Urals. What were the policy perspectives of statesmen and Elizabeth’s primary advisers, Alexei Bestuzhev-Riumin and Petr Shuvalov? Sources include imperial legislation, publications by officials on the ground, and reports of scientific travelers.

To request a copy of the paper, please email Dr. Eren Tasar (


April 26, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm