Muscovy and the Black Sea Slave Trade

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ALAN W. FISHER Muscovy a n d the Black Sea Slave Trade Historians have looked u p o n the sixteenth and seventeenth century Crimean Tatar raids into Poland and south Russia as having primarily military purposes which were merely extensions o f O t t o m a n Turkish expansion into European Christian lands. The large numbers o f Slavs which the Tatars brought back to the Crimea have been seen as campaign b o o t y and in most accounts are called captives, not slaves. Viewed from the other direction, however, most o f the Tatar

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