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Яков Булгаков – руски посланик в Константинопол (1781–1789)
Yakov Bulgakov – a Russian Ambassador in Constantinople (1781–1789)

Author(s): Tamara Stoilova
Subject(s): History, Diplomatic history, Political history, Modern Age, 18th Century
Published by: Институт за исторически изследвания - Българска академия на науките
Keywords: Yakov Bulgakov; Ottoman Empire; Constantinople; Russian diplomats; Edikule; Russo-Turkish relations

Summary/Abstract: The Russian Ambassador in the Ottoman Empire during the 80’s of the 18th century, Yakov Ivanovich Bulgakov, is sent to Constantinople in a crucial moment for the Russian politics and the Russo-Turkish relations. The development of the circumstances in the beginning of the 80’s leads to a remarkable expansion of his activities. The initial goal of signing a trade contract with Turkey, similar to the French and English capitulations, is reached, but the situation in Crimea and Caucasus, as well as in the Danube Principalities, are deciding to the relations of Petersburg with the Ottoman Empire, in which Bulgakov protects the Russian interests successfully. Bulgakov’s position concerning the Polish-Turkish relations is also presented in the research. There is also information about the work he does for the successful functioning of the Russian diplomatic delegacy in Constantinople and about the relationships he maintains with the ambassadors of the European countries. After Turkey declares a war to Russia Bulgakov is arrested, but he continues to send information to Petersburg from Edikule. There are two main subjects that find place in Bulgakov’s letters from 1788–1789, which are characteristic for the foreign political relations of Russia during the war conflict with Turkey: Sweden, with which Petersburg is at war since June 21/July 2 1788 and Poland, for which this period is sated with serious inner-political happenings. Bulgakov is set free in October 1789 and is immediately sent as an ambassador of the Russian Empress to Warsaw, where the revolutionary movements are getting stronger, so that they can become the next challenge for him.

  • Issue Year: 33/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 65-96
  • Page Count: 32
  • Language: Bulgarian