RUSSIAN FRONTIERS
Eighteenth-Century British Travellers in the Caspian, Caucasus and Central Asia

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320pp ILLUS MAP 2011 LIST PRICE: £14.99 (P) E303

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The vast and expanding Russian empire of the eighteenth century was inhabited by a great number of peoples. This book, part anthology, part commentary, introduces the reader to the various areas regionally, thematically and chronologically, revealing geopolitical issues that still deeply affect many of these regions today. It is the first of its kind to bring together British travellers' accounts of the peoples and places of the lesser known but key parts of Russia's frontiers: the Lower Volga, Azerbaijan, parts of Kazakhstan and 'independent Tartary' or central Asia. Their observations include ethnographic, scientific, antiquarian and contemporary historical analysis.

The result would be a meal of hors d'oeuvres, were it not for Teissier's introductions, commentaries and notes: she is succinct and precise, yet highly informative, expert in an impressively wide range of fields. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT