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The Evolution of the Governor's Office, 1727-64

The Evolution of the Governor's Office, 1727-64 A centralized state can seldom be administered from one center and the creation of a suitable administrative-territorial framework is a major necessi- ty, growing more imperative as the needs of the state become more extensive and urgent. By the seventeenth century central Russial was administered by a bewildering array of central prikazy whose national jurisdiction was chiefly functional, and the local instruments of state power were the voevody ap- pointed in most towns forming an uezd with their surrounding territory. Whether the town originated as a market center or a fortified outpost, its lo- cation was often advantageous, and the many links forged by time with the countryside were so many conduits through which the tax collector reached the source of revenue, order was maintained, and justice administered. This system had grown by slow accretion over more than a century and had become an administrative labyrinth of gigantic proportions. Neighboring towns were subordinated to different prikazy which sometimes shared juris- diction over different parts of the same town. As a rule all towns, irrespective of their importance, were equally subordinated to the prikazy without any hierarchical relationship being established among them. Toward the end of the century, however, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Canadian-American Slavic Studies Brill

The Evolution of the Governor's Office, 1727-64

Canadian-American Slavic Studies , Volume 12 (1): 30 – Jan 1, 1

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0090-8290
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2210-2396
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10.1163/221023978X00402b
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A centralized state can seldom be administered from one center and the creation of a suitable administrative-territorial framework is a major necessi- ty, growing more imperative as the needs of the state become more extensive and urgent. By the seventeenth century central Russial was administered by a bewildering array of central prikazy whose national jurisdiction was chiefly functional, and the local instruments of state power were the voevody ap- pointed in most towns forming an uezd with their surrounding territory. Whether the town originated as a market center or a fortified outpost, its lo- cation was often advantageous, and the many links forged by time with the countryside were so many conduits through which the tax collector reached the source of revenue, order was maintained, and justice administered. This system had grown by slow accretion over more than a century and had become an administrative labyrinth of gigantic proportions. Neighboring towns were subordinated to different prikazy which sometimes shared juris- diction over different parts of the same town. As a rule all towns, irrespective of their importance, were equally subordinated to the prikazy without any hierarchical relationship being established among them. Toward the end of the century, however,

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