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Russia Between East And West: Diplomatic Reports During The Reign Of Ivan IV

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During the reign of Ivan IV "the Terrible" (Groznyi) Muscovy enjoyed a vast range of political and economic relations with polities, states and empires from east to west. Four extant and published diplomatic reports exist for the reign of Ivan IV: the mission to Sweden from July 1567-June 1569 headed by Ivan Mikhailovich Vorontsov; the 1567 mission to King Sigismund II Augustus of Poland-Lithuania at Gorodnia by boiarin Fedor Ivanovich Umnogo-Kolychev; the embassy to England in 1582-1583 headed by Fedor Andreevich Pisemskii; and, the delegation to the Ottoman Empire from January to September 1570 under Ivan Petrovich Novosil'tsev. This chapter focuses on the use of Russian or foreign vocabulary in reference to foreign social and political institutions. The image of the Ottoman Empire presented in Novosil'tsev's diplomatic report differed linguistically from the portraits of Sweden and England by Vorontsov and Pisemskii, respectively.

Keywords: England; Ivan IV; Muscovy; Novosil'tsev's diplomatic report; Ottoman Empire; Russia



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