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Turks, Tatars and Russians in the 13th–16th Centuries

1st Edition

By István Vásáry


364 pages

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The setting for the studies collected here is the West-Eurasian steppe region, extending from present-day Kazakhstan through southern Russia, Ukraine and Moldavia to the Carpathian Basin. The first articles deal with pre-Mongol, Turkic peoples of the region and their relations with the Byzantine Empire to the south, but the core of the volume is the history of the Golden Horde and its successor states, such as the Kazan and Crimean Khanates, whose Turco-Mongol overlords are often referred to as Tatars. These played a decisive role in the history of Western Central Asia and Eastern Europe in the 13th-16th centuries and had a fundamental influence on the rise of the Russian state. Particular articles look at Mongol institutions and terminology, others at the interaction of the medieval Tatar and Russian worlds.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; The role of the Turkic peoples in the ethnic history of Eastern Europe; Origins and possible Cuman affiliations of the Asen dynasty; Cuman warriors in the fight of Byzantium with the Latins; The Hungarians or Mozars and the Mešcers/Mizers of the Middle Volga region; The Golden Horde term daruga and its survival in Russia; The institution of foster-brothers (emildäš and kökäldäš) in the Chingisid states; The origin of the institution of basqaqs; Susun and süsün in Middle Turkic texts; Notes on the term tartanaq in the Golden Horde; Bemerkungen zum uigurischen Schrifttum in der Goldenen Horde und bei den Timuriden; Mongolian impact on the terminology of the documents of the Golden Horde; Immunity charters of the Golden Horde granted to the Italian towns Caffa and Tana; Oriental languages of the Codex Cumanicus: Persian and Cuman as linguae francae in the Black Sea region (13th-14th centuries) A contract of the Crimean Khan Mängli Giräy and the inhabitants of Qïrq-Yer from 1478/79; Two Kazan Tatar edicts (Ibrahim's and Sahib Girey's yarliks) (with Shamil Muhamedyarov); Orthodox Christian Qumans and Tatars of the Crimea in the 13th-14th centuries; 'History and legend' in Berke Khan's conversion to Islam; Andrzej Taranowskis Bericht über seine Gesandschaftsreise in der Tartarei (1569) (with L. Tardy); Russian and Tatar genealogical sources on the origin of the Iusupov family; Clans of Tatar descent in the Muscovite elite of the 14th-16th centuries; Muscovite diplomacy with the states of the Orient; Index.

About the Author

István Vásáry is Professor of Turkic and Central Asian Studies in the Institute of Oriental Studies, Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at Michael.Greenwood@informa.com

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union