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Russian Sovereign, Islamic Dynast: Papering Over Semicolonialism in 19th Century Central Asia

Pickett, James (2020) Russian Sovereign, Islamic Dynast: Papering Over Semicolonialism in 19th Century Central Asia. In: Pitt Momentum Fund 2020, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa. (Unpublished)

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Beginning in the eighteenth century (South Asia) and nineteenth century (Central Asia), an age of city-states gave way to an age of imperialism, which brought with it a new political form: the protectorate. Local dynasts were left ostensibly in charge of their domain, but were also answerable to colonial authorities. As protectorates of the British and Russian empires respectively, Hyderabad and Bukhara provide something of a natural experiment: structurally similar political entities enmeshed in a single culture of Perso-Islamic documentation. This project is thus at once comparative and transregional: Where did an identifiably Islamic bureaucratic culture begin and the Russian / British colonial one end? How did semi-colonial technologies of governance incubate the characteristics that we associate with the modern state?


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Pickett, Jamespickettj@pitt.edupickettj0000-0002-4061-4387
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
Date: 2020
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Fund 2020
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/8vyf-bt44
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History
Refereed: No
Other ID: 3448
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2020 16:08
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2023 16:59


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