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As the first in a larger series of publications which preserve and make accessible primary sources from various archives and other materials related to the history of Circassia, this volume contains the relevant dispatches of A. A. Challaye, the Consul of France in Odessa for the years 1836 to 1840. It offers a rare glimpse into the way French diplomacy was making sense of events in and around the North Caucasus and the eastern shore of the Black Sea at the time of increased tensions between Russia and Great Britain over the Circassian question – the political status of nations which inhabited the western part of the North Caucasus and of the North Caucasus in general.
Azamat Kumykov; Georges Mamoulia; Sophie Daniel.
“This volume, the fi rst in an extensive series, represents a landmark in historical scholarship on the Caucasus. The series brings together hitherto untapped and often unknown materials from a great range of archives, dispersed across many countries. It puts Circassia on the map, illuminating the rich history of a region that has long been overshadowed by the power of adjacent empires. Generations of scholars will benefit from this pioneering achievement.” – Sir Christopher Clark, Regius Professor of History at the University of Cambridge
“The Circassia and Europe: 1760–1865 series establishes a new standard for publication of archival materials by including photographs and transcriptions of the original documents as well as translations into English and Russian. This innovative format makes the documents accessible to both beginning students and professional historians. Would that all future archival series could do the same!” – Valerie Hansen, Yale University
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