A. Andreev, M. Rezvan. Khiwa and Bukhara Legation Missive Letters of the Late 17th — Early 18th Centuries. I. Preliminary Results of the Research Project

A. Andreev

St. Petersburg State University; State Hermitage,

St. Petersburg, Russia

E-mail: gal7gas@yandex.ru

M. Rezvan

Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography

(Kunstkamera) RAS, St. Petersburg, Russia

E-mail: maryam.rezvan@kunstkamera.ru


Khiwa and Bukhara Legation Missive Letters of the Late 17th — Early 18th Centuries. I. Preliminary Results of the Research Project


Abstract. International contacts between Russian state and the Khanates of Central Asia during the reign of Peter the Great have been noted in a number of documentary sources, which include intermutual legation missive letters. However, the khan's missive letters from Bukhara and especially Khiwa, as well as the letters of their ambassadors, still remain little-known and unpublished. They hold the unique information on developing interrelations between Russian state and the Khanates of Central Asia at the beginning of the 18th century, foreign affairs system in Central Asia in specified period and ceremony of ambassador levee at Moscow and later at St. Petersburg court. The present review is opening a series of articles on the main outcomes of the project devoted to the translation and publication of these unknown documents.


Key words: Russia in the late 17th — early 18th centuries, Peter the Great, the Northern branch of the Great Silk road, Khanate of Khiwa, foreign affairs, Khanate of Bukhara, Central Asia, exchanging gifts, diplomacy, legation missive letters


Acknowledgement. Supported by a research grant from the Russian Scientific Foundation for Humanities, project No. 14-01-00421 “Khiwa and Bukhara Legation Missive Letters of the Late 17th — Early 18th Centuries (Translation and Publication)”.




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