The Creation of a Local Administration and the Abolition of <i> Amlakdari</i>

A. S. Morrison

in Russian Rule in Samarkand 1868-1910

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199547371
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720710 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

 The Creation of a Local Administration and the Abolition of  Amlakdari

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This chapter covers the earliest attempts to create a colonial administration in Samarkand after 1868. The principal effect of this was to expropriate a class of landholders/tax officials known as Amlakdars, and instead the Russians sought to recreate local elites at the village level, with unpredictable results. This stands in stark contrast to British policy throughout most of India, where securing the co-operation of aristocratic elites was a fundamental tactic of Imperial rule.

Keywords: revenue collection; land ownership; elites; collaboration; Amlakdar; Khwaja

Chapter.  15652 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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