Volodymyr Sklokin

Associate Professor of History, Ukrainian Catholic University

Visiting Fellow, Ukraine in European Dialogue
(September 2020 – February 2021)


Enlightened Absolutism from Below: Local Bureaucracy, Politics of Reform and Imperial Unification in the Late 18th-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. To achieve this, it closely examines the case of Sloboda Ukraine – one of the Empire’s Western Borderlands – paying special attention both to the policies implemented by the local governors and their subordinates, as well to its impact on and reception by the local population.