Steppe Governor-Generalship

Steppe Governor-Generalship

 

(in Russian, Stepnoe General-Gubernatorstvo), also Steppe Krai, an administrative-territorial unit in the Russian Empire, formed in 1882 from the Akmolinsk, Semipalatinsk, and Semirech’e oblasts. It was created when the West Siberian Governor-Generalship was eliminated as an administrative unit. The administrative center was Omsk. The governor-general of the Steppe Governor-Generalship was also commander of the troops of the Omsk military district and nakaznyi ataman (appointed hetmán) of the Siberian Cossack Host. In 1897, Semirech’e Oblast was again made part of the Turkestan Governor-Generalship. The Steppe Governor-Generalship continued to exist with its two component oblasts, Akmolinsk and Semipalatinsk, until October 1917.

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Just as it is easy for a historian of European Russia to overlook the colonial nature of Turkestan's administration, so (as I have discovered) a historian of Turkestan can easily fail to appreciate the differences that existed between the military regime there and that in the steppe governor-generalship, can mistakenly assume that Kazan and Ufa provinces were governed under the same legal regime, or lump the Volga-Ural region together with the western borderlands as part of a single, European "metropole." If the Russian Empire lacked the bewildering heterogeneity of the British, with its patchwork of self-governing dominions, crown colonies, and protectorates, it had more subtle variations of its own, which are often very difficult to grasp.