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Witsen's Studies Of Inner Eurasia

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In the seventeenth century an important part of the European discourse on Asia became directly dependent on the Dutch East India Company (VOC). Nicolaas Witsen (1641-1717), one of the directors of the Amsterdam Chamber of the VOC at the end of the seventeenth century, was most probably the greatest connoisseur of the whole area of Inner Eurasia in the Early Modern Era. This chapter discusses how Witsen used his VOC-connections to obtain information about Tartary. Inner Eurasia was much studied in Russia because it formed the largest part of the tsarist and Soviet empire, but Witsen 's significance as a trailblazer in this enormous field was hardly noticed. For scholars outside Russia it was even more difficult to recognize Witsen 's importance as an early specialist of Inner Eurasia.

Keywords: Dutch East India Company (VOC); Inner Eurasia; Nicolaas Witsen; Soviet empire



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