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Place and Nature: Essays in Russian Environmental History

Edited by: D. Moon, N. Breyfogle, A. Bekasova.

White Horse Press, 2021.

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Imperial legality through ‘exception’: Gun Control in the Russian Empire
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Borisova T. Y.

Journal of Modern European History. 2021. Vol. 22. No. 4.

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The Civic Religion of Anatolii Koni
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Borisova T. Y.

In bk.: Law and the Christian Tradition in Modern Russia. ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2021. Ch. 7.

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THE ISSUES OF CULTURAL HIERARCHIES IN EARLY MODERN ETHNOGRAPHY BASED ON THE ACCOUNTS BY PETRUS PETREJUS, PAUL RYCAUT, FYNES MORYSON, AND JOHN DAVIES

Selin A. A., Байгушев С. В., Levin F. et al.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2020. No. 197.

Gifts of Empire

2020/2021
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
4
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Type:
Compulsory course
When:
1 year, 1, 2 module

Instructor

Course Syllabus

Abstract

What is gift? What does it mean to give a gift and receive one? What social relations are created by gift giving? Do gifts play a similar role in all societies? Is ‘pure’ or ‘free’ gift possible? These are the questions of the classical gift theory which appeared in anthropology in the early twentieth century as a way to understand traditional or stateless societies. These are the questions that scholars ask today too, but in a new research context. What is the place of gift in societies that are dominated by market exchange? How did gift giving work in assembling tributary and trade empires? How does modernity take gift form — in ‘civilising mission’, ‘development’, ‘modernisation’, aid and humanitarianism? What is imperial on these modalities of governance? What are gifts of this empire? This course focuses on some of the key work in this field of anthropology and history.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • ILO 1 Able to learn and demonstrate skills in the field, other than the major field
  • ILO 5 Work with information: find, define and use the information from different sources which required for solving of research and professional problems (including the system approach)
  • ILO 8 Able to efficiently communicate based on the goals and communication situations
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • analysing basic themes of the course
  • analysing basic approaches in gift theory
  • analysing the relationships of gifts and warfare
  • analysing the concepts of contract, free will and force in gift relations
  • analysing advanced approaches in gift theory
  • analysing concepts of expenditure and voluntarism in the context of gift theory
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • A little kingdom in the old regime
    Introduction to case studies in gifts relations and late premodern state
  • Gift theory: introduction
    key approaches in gifts theory
  • Expenditure and humanitarian reason
    Expenditure and humanitarian reason
  • Imperial order and diplomacy (i and ii)
    Linguistic and ontological turns in gift theory; cases of India, Caucasus and Bosnia
  • Gift and contract (i & ii)
    Gifts of development; faces of voluntarism
  • Indian wars: gifts and poison
    18th century warfare in North America and the politics of the gift
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking review essay
  • non-blocking final essay exam
  • non-blocking leading discussion
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.5 * leading discussion + 0.5 * review essay
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Bornstein, Erica. Disquieting Gifts: Humanitarianism in New Delhi. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012
  • Grant, Bruce. The Captive and the Gift: Cultural Histories of Sovereignty in Russia and the Caucasus. Ithaca, N.Y. and London: Cornell University Press, 2009

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Fassin, Didier. Humanitarian Reason: A Moral History of the Present. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.