[O sostavlenii opisaniia gorskikh narodov v nachale 1830-kh godov: k probleme istorii etnograficheskogo izucheniia Kavkaza]
Type of publication: Research Article
Russian empire, nineteenth century, ethnography of the Caucasus, history of anthropology, description of ethnic groups, highlanders, General Stuff Department, V.E. Galyamin, I.F. Blaramberg
The article examines the project of making a thorough description of ethnic groups inhabiting the highlands of the Caucasus, which was initiated by Tsar Nicholas I in the early 1830s. It discusses the special role that the General Staff Department, and a number of officers such as V.E. Galyamin and I.F. Blaramberg in particular, played in the realization of the project. Drawing on archival records, I focus on the principles and techniques of collecting and systematizing the geographical, statistical, historical, and ethnographic data on the new highland borderland of Russia. I argue that the account that emerged as the outcome of this project was of major significance both as a work that showed the richness of local cultural diversity in the region, and as a foundation source that became a landmark in the development of ethnographic studies of the Caucasus.
Kolosovskaya, T.A. 2017. O sostavlenii opisaniia gorskikh narodov v nachale 1830-kh godov: k probleme istorii etnograficheskogo izucheniia Kavkaza [The Making of a Description of Highlanders in the Early 1830s: On the History of Ethnographic Studies of the Caucasus]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 4: 164-173
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