The 1820 Russian Survey of the Khanate of Shirvan: A Primary Source on the Demography and Economy of an Iranian Province prior to its Annexation by Russia

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Gibb Memorial Trust, Jul 31, 2016 - Religion - 288 pages
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Shirvan, today mainly part of Azerbaijan, existed as an autonomous khanate, under Iranian influence, until 1820, when under pressure from Russia, the khan fled to Iran, and Shirvan was immediately annexed along with two neighbouring khanates. Thus the last independent region in the South Caucasus was now incorporated in Russian territory. In order to enumerate the population and especially to ascertain revenues, a survey was ordered to be conducted. The survey, titled The Description of the Shirvan Province, compiled in 1820, was eventually published in 1867. The number of copies printed was very few, and only a handful of copies now exist. The present work is a translation of the original survey. It details the Christian and Muslim population and the revenues collected from each district and village. Bournoutian’s extensive annotations and explanatory notes provide an accurate picture of the demography and economic conditions of a former Iranian province prior to its incorporation into the Russian Empire.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
South Caucasus ca 1800
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Facsimile of the front page of the original survey
10
The 1820 Survey of the Shirvan Province
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Some of the Place Names Indicated in the Survey
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Facsimile of a page of the original survey
186
Explanatory Remarks
187
Appendix
213
Bibliography
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