War of the khanate of bukhara with the Russian Empire in the memoirs of eyewitnesses (second half of XIX-th century)

Author(s):  S.N. Brezhneva, Dr., Prof., Leningrad state University named after A. S. Pushkin, St. Petersburg, Russia, brezhneva_s_n_@mail.ru

O.A. Bogdanova, candidate of Sciences, associate Professor, Volga Region State University of Service, Togliatti, Russia, brezh_80@mail.ru

Issue:  Volume 44, №22

Rubric:  Topical issues of russian history

Annotation:  The article presents the memories of the witnesses of the Russian Empire military operations in the Khanate of Bukhara in the second half of the XIX-th century. The narration is built on the comparison of memoirs of the events participants on the part of Russian opponents. The authors carry out a comparative analysis of Ahmad Donish and Abdelazim Sami’s works describing the same events but from different viewpoints. Ahmad Donish was a supporter of the civilizing mission of Russia, but Abdulazim Sami’s views were of clearly anti-Russian nature. The researchers also compare the described events with Russian officers’ memories and works of Orientalists. The authors make a conclusion that it is necessary to study of sources on the part of Russian enemies to create a truer picture of the events.

Keywords:  Khanate of Bukhara, the Russian Empire, war, memoirs, Ahmad Donish, Abdelazim Sami, a comparative analysis

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