Russia and Iran in the Great Game: Travelogues and Orientalism

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Routledge, Jun 11, 2007 - History - 288 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Setting the stage
13
2 Orientalism Russian style
22
3 Overview of the Russian travelogues and their authors
36
4 The travelers missions in Iran
59
5 The travelers selfrepresentation visāvis the Oriental Other and the British Self
77
6 The travelees representation of Iran and her people by the Russian travelers
88
7 The travelees education culture and society
111
9 Gender and ethnicity
156
Russians through Iranian eyes as imagined by the travelers discourse with themselves
185
Conclusion
199
Iran before World War I
202
Travelogues
203
Notes
209
Bibliography
247
Index
269

8 Islam as perceived by the Russian travelers
131

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About the author (2007)

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.