A Russian Diplomat in the Vilayet of the Hejaz at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century

01/09/2020
ULUSLARARASI ILISKILER, VOLUME 17, NUMBER 67, 2020

Vitaly NAUMKIN*

ABSTRACT
This article endeavors to detect the goals, main tracks and priorities of Russian diplomacy in a vilayet of the Ottoman Empire, the Hejaz, through the official correspondence of a Russian diplomat, Mikhail Nikolsky, who in the early twentieth century served as a Secretary of the Russian Consulate in Jeddah. The article is a result of close scrutiny of the perused archival documents from the Foreign Policy Archive of the Russian Empire, pertinent to the period of the First Russian Revolution of 1905-1907. Many of these documents are being introduced into academic discourse for the first time.

Keywords: Hijaz, Russian Consulate, Vali, Sharif, Tribes

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* Prof. Dr., Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences