Travel notes of the first half of the 19th century: Tatars of Kazan province through the eyes of travelers

G.E. Rafikova

81-89 p.


DOI: 10.22378/he.2018-3-1.81-89


The genre of travel notes is widely used in literature of Russia in the first half of the nineteenth century. It is a traveler’s report about people, cities and countries whch he had met during the trip. Road impressions appeal to an ethnographer with possible descriptions of everyday life, traditions and customs of the numerous peoples who used to live on the territory of the Russian Empire. The travel notes that have been selected for the given research describe the Tatars of the Kazan Province of the first half of the 19th century. Three sources have been identified: “Travel Notes from Trips to the TransVolga in 1851, 1852, 1853 and 1854” by K.G.Evlentev, a chapter from P.Tomas’s work “Souvenirs of Russia,” and the novel by V.A.Sollogub “Tarantas: Travel Impressions.” The article contains excerpts from the listed works about Tatars.


Keywords: history, ethnography, Kazan Province of the first half of the 19th century, travel notes, K.G.Evlentev, V.A.Sollogub, P.Tomas

For citation: For citation: Rafikova G.E. Travel notes of the first half of the 19th century: Tatars of Kazan province through the eyes of travelers. Istoricheskaya etnologiya – Historical Ethnology, 2018, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 81–89. DOI: 10.22378/he.2018-3-1.81-89


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About the author: Gulnara E. Rafikova is a Candidat of Science (History), Advanced Research Fellow, Institute of Tatar Encyclopedia and Regional Studies of the Tatarstan Academy of Sciences (56, Pushkin St., Kazan 420015, Russian Federation); grafikova@mail.ru