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Brill in cooperation with the National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg, for the first time brings together a unique collection of rare primary sources on a vital and dynamic part of the history of Turkey, Russia, the Middle East and Western Europe Russian-Ottoman Relations. During the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, the balance of power between Russia and the Ottoman Empire was constantly monitored in Western Europe, where several powers had designs of their own on some of the Ottoman territories. In Germany and France, in particular, all kinds of accounts, opinions, and plans were published that were influenced by, or aimed to influence, Russian-Ottoman relations. They include publications of relevant government documents, diplomatic reports, travel accounts that provided new details about hitherto relatively unknown regions, and fiercely political (and polemical) tracts and pamphlets designed to rally public support for one power or the other. Published across Europe over a period of two centuries, these sources provide detailed insights not only in the military ebb and flow of Russian-Ottoman relations, but also in their effects on European public opinion.

This series currently consists of 4 parts:
Part 1: The Origins, 1600-1800
Part 2: Shifts in the Balance of Power, 1800-1853
Part 3: The Crimean War, 1854-1856
Part 4: The End of the Empires, 1857-1914

Part 1: The Origins, 1600-1800
Relations between the Ottoman Empire and Russia were no less conflictual in the eighteenth century: They were at war in 1736-39, 1768-74, and 1787. In the infamous Treaty of Küçük Kaynarca of 1774, the Ottomans were forced to acknowledge the independence of the Crimea (under Russian influence) and of the northern coasts of the Black Sea. It was not until the Treaty of Jassy in 1792 that peaceful relations between the Ottomans and the Russians were restored.

Location of originals: National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg

Various Authors & Editors

• Number of titles: 263
• Languages used: Western languages, German, French, English
• Title list available
• MARC records available

In this collection Russian views are represented by such publications as no. 685 by Anatole Demidov (1812- 1870), traveler and patron of the arts; the discussion on the peace by former diplomat Tchihatchef; and the accounts of the Russian veteran, Piotr Andreevich Viazemsky (1792-1878). The opinions of two Turkish officers, Rustem Effendi and Seid Bey, and the views on the Crimean War of the Algerian poet, Muhammad b. Ismail (1820- 1870) are also included. On the British side the influential works of the virulently anti- Russian diplomat, David Urquhart (1805-1877), are well-represented, as well as more moderate publications.

Location of originals: National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg more moderate publications.

Von Bakunin zu Lenin

Geschichte der russischen revolutionären Ideologien 1840-1895. 1