THE PROBLEM OF CONSOLIDATING THE ROMANOV EMPIRE AND THE ISSUE OF LOYALTY OF SIBERIAN NON-RUSSIANS: INTERACTION AND OPPOSITION
Dameshek L. M., Dameshek I. L.
In this paper using the methodological prism of tsarist absolutist policy towards the fringes of the Russian Empire, particularly Siberia, the authors examine what means and methods of nurturing political loyalty in Siberian non-Russians were used by the Romanov empire. The paper offers a comparative analysis of these activities on the examples of Western European and US colonial policy. The authors point out that a comprehensive incorporation of the Siberian peoples into the administrative, economic and sociocultural system of Russia was the kernel of governmental policy toward the non-Russians. In the opinion of imperial Petersburg it had to contribute to nurture of political loyalty to the Romanovs dynasty in Siberian non-Russians. Discarding of this policy in the early 20th century predetermined active participation of Siberian peoples in revolutionary turmoil that marked the beginning of the century.