Administrative Reforms in the Lithuanian Territory Governed by Russia: End of XVIII - Beginning of XIX Centuries

Antanas Šenavičius, Vainius Smalskys


After the Third Division of Lithuanian and Polish states almost the entire territory of the Lithuanian Great Kingdom was incorporated into the Russian Empire (except Uznemune that was devolved to Prussia). Lithuania has lost its lineament as a political society, therefore the citizens were alienated from the Western tradition of administration and law. After annexing Lithuania, Russia has initiated the reorganization of the administrative-territorial distribution of the occupied country as well as rehashing the former and creating the new administrative institutions. While ruining the previous governance system the deployment of autocratic-centralized model of state administration and law was started.


Lithuania; Czarist Russia; administrative reforms; system of governance

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