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Armenians and Russia,1626-1796

A Documentary Record

Series: Armenian Studies Series. 2
Availability: Out of Print
Published: 2001
Page #: xiv + 511
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 1-56859-132-2
appendix, bibliography, glossary, index, notes

Quick Overview

Archival evidence of Russia’s relations with the Armenians begins during the reign of Tsar Alexei (1613-1645), the founder of the Romanov dynasty. The study includes some 400 documents from the archives of Russia, Georgia, and Armenia focusing the Russian political and economic interest into Transcaucasia and northern Iran. The period begins with the important trading agreements by the Armenian Company of New Julfa with the Russian State in the mid-seventeenth century. Documents detail the various commercial aspects and the items imported and exported by the Armenians during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Peter the Great’s invasion of the region during the siege of Isfahan by the Afghans; the Ottoman invasion of eastern Armenia and Georgia; the Russo-Ottoman treaty partitioning Transcaucasia; Empress Anna’s agreements with Nader Shah and the withdrawal of Russian troops; revival of Russian interest in the region during the reign of Catherine the Great; the Russo-Georgian treaty; the Russo-Ottoman wars of the eighteenth century and its effect on the Armenians in the Caucasus and Russia; Aga Mohammad Khan’s invasion of the region and the Russian response. Like its companion, Russia and the Armenians of Transcaucasia, 1797-1889 (Mazda Publishers, 1998), this volume is an important collection of primary sources on a crucial period of Russian, Persian, Ottoman, Armenian, and Georgian history.

author

George A. Bournoutian

George A. Bournoutian is Professor of East European and Middle Eastern Studies at Iona College, New York. He has taught Iranian history at UCLA and Armenian History at Columbia University, New York University, University of Connecticut, Tufts University, Rutgers University, Ramapo College, and Glendale Community College. He is the author of 30 books, including The Khanate of Erevan Under Qajar Rule and From Tabriz to St. Petersburg: Iran’s Mission of Apology to Russia in 1829. His translations of primary sources such as The Chronicle of Abraham of Crete; Abraham of Erevan’s History of the Wars: 1721-1738 and documents such as Armenians and Russia, A Documentary Record, 1626-1796, Russia and the Armenians of Transcaucasia, A Documentary Record, 1797-1889, and A History of Qarabagh have received laudatory reviews in TLS, BSOAS and other important publications. Professor Bournoutian is a member of the Society for Iranian Studies and a member of the Society for Armenian Studies. He is also a frequent contributor to encyclopedias, various scholarly journals, and collections. His work has been cited in major publications and he is considered a world authority on the history of the South Caucasus in the Modem Period (1400-1900). Professor Bournoutian was born in Isfahan and grew up in Iran. He received his High school diploma from the well-known Andisheh (Don Bosco) institution in Tehran. His B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. are from UCLA. He is fluent in Armenian, Persian, Russian, and Polish and has a reading command of French. His A Concise History of the Armenian People is considered the best source in English and has been translated into Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, Armenian, Russian and Japanese.

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