Kaufman, Konstantin Petrovich von

Kaufman, Konstantin Petrovich von
   Konstantin Kaufman was the first governor-general of the Russian colony of Turkestan (1867–1881). During his long tenure as governor-general, he oversaw the conquest or defeat of the Central Eurasian states in Bukhara, Khiva, and Kokand. The Russian government generally viewed his administration as successful because it established a certain continuity of Russian rule in Central Eurasia. Kaufman took a hands-off approach to dealing with the Islamic practices of Turkestan’s peoples. He was not reluctant, however, to interfere in such institutions as Islamic law when he found it necessary for the benefit of the state administration. Kaufman’s overall political style can be viewed as a mix of libertarian and authoritarian systems of rule. Although there was considerable autonomy at the local level for traditional rulers and for Islamic courts, their decisions could be ultimately overruled by his decree.
   Throughout his tenure, Kaufman argued that Turkestan was a unique colony with unique circumstances that required unique administrative measures. This colonial uniqueness justified the intervention on the part of regional leaders into provincial political or juridical affairs. It also allowed him to often stray from the proscribed statute of Turkestan rule, first promulgated in 1867. At the end of his career, a new statute was to be drafted. The commission found that Kaufman’s earlier assertion of certain native rights was faulty. Particularly controversial was Kaufman’s claim that Turkestan’s people should be free from military conscription. Among the other unique rights of individuals that Kaufman claimed were freedom of religion; preservation of marriage, property, and family traditions; and freedom from physical punishment. The Russian government found the military exemption particularly troubling.
   Kaufman’s Turkestan administration was progressive by the standards of the time. His administration carried out ethnographic surveys of the region, looked into educational reforms, and commissioned aides to identify social problems. He also instituted plans to improve cotton production and agriculture. He even created a forestry section of his administration to plant trees in the oasis cities of Turkestan. Like many other Western colonial administrators, Kaufman was a firm believer that European or Western civilization was far superior to Eastern or Oriental cultures and societies. He firmly hoped that Turkestan’s peoples would adopt Russian and European cultural ways. This would ultimately lead to their conversions to Christianity and their spirited support of the Russian imperial state.
   See also <>; <>.
    Brower, Daniel. Turkestan and the Fate of the Russian Empire. London: Routledge Courzon, 2003;
    Meyer, Karl E., and Shareen Blair Brysac. Tournament of Shadows: The Great Game and the Race for Empire in Central Asia. Washington, DC: Counterpoint, 1999;
    Schuyler, Eugene. Notes of a Journey in Russian Turkistan. New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1885.

Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800–1914. 2014.

Игры ⚽ Поможем написать курсовую

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Konstantin Petrovich von Kaufman — (Константин Петрович фон Кауфман in Russian) (1818 1882) was the first Governor General of Russian Turkestan. Early lifeHis family was Austrian in origin, but had been in the service of the Tsars for over 100 years, and had long since converted… …   Wikipedia

  • Konstantin Petrovich Von Kaufman — Constantin Petrovitch von Kaufmann Constantin Petrovitch von Kaufmann Constantin Petrovitch von Kaufmann (Константин Петрович фон Кауфман en russe) (né[1] en 1818 et décédé en 1882), était le premier …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Konstantín von Kaufman — Retrato de uniforme de Konstantín von Kaufman. Konstantín Petróvich von Kaufman (en ruso Константин Петрович фон Кауфман Konstantín Petróvich fon Kaufman) (1818 Taskent, 17 de mayo de 1882) fue un militar y político del Imperio ruso, que fue el… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Konstantin von Kaufman — Konstantin Petrovich Kaufman, first Governor General of Russian Turkestan Konstantin Petrovich von Kaufman (Russian: Константин Петрович фон Кауфман; 1818 – 1882) was the first Governor General of Russian Turkestan. Contents …   Wikipedia

  • Kaufmann — is a surname with many variants such as Kauffmann, Kaufman, and Kauffman. In German, the name means merchant . It may refer to: Kaufmann * Angelika Kaufmann (1741 1807), Swiss painter * Christine Kaufmann (born 1945), Austrian actor * Edgar J.… …   Wikipedia

  • Russian Turkestan — (Russian: Русский Туркестан), also known as Turkestansky Krai (Туркестанский край), was Turkestan within the Russian Empire as a (Krai or Governor Generalship), comprising the oasis region to the South of the Kazakh steppes, but not the… …   Wikipedia

  • Lithuanian press ban — The Lithuanian press ban ( lt. spaudos draudimas) was a ban on all Lithuanian language publications printed in the Latin alphabet within the Russian Empire, which controlled Lithuania at the time. Lithuanian language publications that used the… …   Wikipedia

  • Tashkent — Uzbek: Toshkent, Тошкент Russian: Ташкент Toshqand, Toshkand Aerial view of Tashkent …   Wikipedia

  • 1873 — This article is about the year 1873. Millennium: 2nd millennium Centuries: 18th century – 19th century – 20th century Decades: 1840s  1850s  1860s  – 1870s –  1880s  189 …   Wikipedia

  • Northwestern Krai — (Russian: Северозападный край) was a subdivision (krai) of Imperial Russia in the territories of the present day Belarus and Lithuania. Together with the Southwestern Krai it formed the Western Krai. It included the following six guberniyas:… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”