Russia and Iran in the Great Game: Travelogues and Orientalism

Russia and Iran in the Great Game: Travelogues and Orientalism

by Elena Andreeva


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This book examines the Russian explorers and officials in the nineteenth and early twentieth century who came into contact with Iran as a part of the Great Game. It demonstrates the development of Russia's own form of Orientalism, a phenomenon that has previously been thought to be exclusive to the West.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415771535
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/28/2007
Series: Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern History Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Elena Andreeva is Associate Professor of History at Virginia Military Institute, where she teaches Middle Eastern Studies and World History. She has published articles on Persian and Dari literature, on Russia Orientalism, and on Russian travellers to Iran.

Table of Contents

1. Setting the Stage 2. Orientalism Russian Style 3. Overview of the Russian Travelogues and their Authors 4. The Travelers’ Missions in Iran 5. The Travelers’ Self-Representation vis-à-vis the Oriental "Other" and the British "Self" 6. The ‘Travelees’: Representation of Iran and her People by the Russian Travelers 7. The ‘Travelees’: Education, Culture and Society 8. Islam as Perceived by the Russian Travelers 9. Gender and Ethnicity 10. Travelers and Travelees. Conclusion

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