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Humanitarian sciences in Siberia

2020 year, number

MEETINGS OF WELL-INFORMED PEOPLE IN KHABAROVSK AND THE PRIAMUR GOVERNOR-GENERAL A.N. KORF: SEARCHING OF COMMUNICATION CHANNELS BETWEEN THE AUTHORITY AND SOCIETY IN IMPERIAL RUSSIA

N.P. MATKHANOVA
Institute of History SB RAS, 8, Nikolaev Str., Novosibirsk, 630090, Russian Federation
Keywords: , , " ", -, , , .. , authority and society, communications, "well-informed people" meetings, officials-intellectuals, intellectual leader, Russian Far East, A. N. Korf

Abstract

The most important problems in the history of Russia, including its imperial period, is a problem of implementing dialogue between the authority and society providing communication channels between administration and intelligentsia. The article considers an original form of such communication - meetings of the «well-informed people initiated by Priamur Governor-General A.N. Korf. The analysis is carried out within several problematic areas: administrating, intellectual and personal histories. The main sources are records management documents (reports, «Program of Priamur General Governorship Development «), press materials, ego-documents. A.N. Korf and his entourage are defined as intellectual officials. The author argues in favor of such characteristics based on the governor-generals deep understanding of economic, geopolitical and sociocultural situation in the region, ways of its development, his awareness of the need to study the region and his various actions to this direction. The paper focuses on A.N. Korfs initiative to organize meetings of «well-informed people as a communication channel between the power and society. The paper lists key issues studied during these meetings, characterizes the ways they were organized, the debate proceedings and their participants. The article shows the local intelligentsias perception of these meetings reflected in the materials published in the Far Eastern and Siberian newspapers, as well as in the diary by A.V. Kirillov, an outstanding local intellectual. The author concludes that the meetings of «well-informed people have become a communication platform, or a place where members of regional administration, business and intellectual elites could exchange their ideas and knowledge; emphasizes the role of joint activities of the governor-general and local intellectuals aimed to create the Program of Priamur Region Development.