Enlightened Absolutism from Below: Local Bureaucracy, Politics of Reform and Imperial Unification in the Late Eighteenth-Century Russian Empire
The project revisits our understanding of the phenomenon of enlightened absolutism in the Russian Empire during the reign of Catherine II, by focusing both on the interplay of its disciplining and emancipatory elements, and on the specificity of its functioning on the local level.
In this latest episode in the second season of our Democracy in Question? podcast, Shalini Randeria is in conversation with Timothy Garton Ash, asking: Does liberalism need reinvention in the 21st century?
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For nearly four decades, the Institute has promoted intellectual exchange across disciplines, between academia and society, and among regions of the world. It hosts more than a hundred fellows each year, organizes public exchanges, and publishes books, articles, and digital fora.