The Pahlen Commission and the Re-Establishment of Rectitude in Transcaspia, 1908-1909

Alexander Morrison

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Abstract

The Commission of Inspection led by Count Konstantin Konstantinovitch Pahlen toured the Transcaspian region of Russian Central Asia in 1908-9, and uncovered extensive abuses by colonial officials. Pahlen’s belief in legal “rectitude” meant that despite the Russian Empire’s reputation for secrecy, these crimes were exposed in the press, and those guilty prosecuted. Despite sharing some colonial attitudes with those he condemned, Pahlen’s work is valuable to historians today because he was an “Imperial Visitor”.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-65
JournalRevue Monde(s). Histoire, Espaces, Relations
Volume4
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Colonialism
  • imperialism
  • Turkmenistan
  • Transcaspia
  • Visitors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History

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