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Governance, Education, And The Problems Of Empire In The Age Of Catherine II

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This article examines the arguments found in public debate about individual and group-oriented education at the time of Catherine II at the level of discourse and legislation. Generally, study of imperial history of the eighteenth century and the so-called saddle-period of Reinhardt Koselleck-that is, Russia up to the time of Nicholas I-has not been the focus of research that attempts to identify the analytical power of the category &t;empire.&t; This article contributes to the diverse overall &t;imperial&t; picture and raises questions concerning the ways in which the individual became visible in the discourse on the obligatory education of imperial subjects, which expanded in significance in the eighteenth century. However, the catalog of virtues and the commentary on character and disciplining of the human soul was so attractive to his successor, A. S. Shishkov, that the latter proposed the reintroduction of this book that could be replaced by no other.

Keywords: Catherine II; education; eighteenth century; empire; Russia



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