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Arabs under tsarist rule:The Russian occupation of Beirut, 1773-1774

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dc.contributor.editor 2014 2017-10-04T10:28:06Z 2017-10-04T10:28:06Z 2014
dc.identifier 10.1163/18763316-04102002
dc.description.abstract The brief and little known Russian occupation of the Levantine port of Beirut in 1773-1774 reveals much about the nature of Russian engagement with the Arab Middle East. Rather than passing as an insignificant episode, it instead complemented a well documented Russian desire to play an expanded role in the Levant and take advantage of Catherine II's first war with the Ottoman empire (1768-1774) to establish forward positions in the Mediterranean. Alongside the Russian naval victory at Chesme in July 1770, Russia accepted alliance overtures from Egypt's Mameluk governor Ali Bey, who was in rebellion against the Ottoman Sultan. In a complicated series of diplomatic and military maneuvers, Russian forces offered to aid Ali and his allies. By 1773 this process came to involve an agreement with the Druze Emir Yusuf al-Shihab, who accepted Russian protection as part of a military alliance that called for a Russian attack on Beirut in exchange for tribute. Yusuf's inability to pay the tribute led to a prolonged Russian presence in Beirut, but the situation's eventual resolution and the Kücük Kainardja peace treaty of 1774 led to the Russians' departure. Despite the episode's brevity, it nevertheless allowed for the development of pronounced Russian intentions to create favorable relationships with the peoples and leaders of the Levant. The Russian relationship with Yusuf and other local potentates, moreover, mirrored Russia's interactions with peoples and leaders on its vast steppe frontier, indicating another axis of imperial advance. © 2014 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden.
dc.format.extent Pages: (128-141)
dc.language English
dc.publisher Brill Academic Publishers; LEIDEN
dc.relation.ispartof Publication Name: Russian History; Publication Year: 2014; Volume: 41; no. 2; Pages: (128-141);
dc.source Scopus
dc.title Arabs under tsarist rule:The Russian occupation of Beirut, 1773-1774
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.affiliation Du Quenoy, P., American University of Beirut, United States
dc.contributor.authorAddress Du Quenoy, P.; American University of BeirutUnited States; email:
dc.contributor.authorCorporate University: American University of Beirut; Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Department: History and Archaeology;
dc.contributor.authorDepartment History and Archaeology
dc.contributor.authorFaculty Faculty of Arts and Sciences
dc.contributor.authorInitials du Quenoy, P
dc.contributor.authorReprintAddress du Quenoy, P (reprint author), Amer Univ Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon.
dc.contributor.authorUniversity American University of Beirut
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dc.identifier.scopusID 84901381189
dc.publisher.address PLANTIJNSTRAAT 2, P O BOX 9000, 2300 PA LEIDEN, NETHERLANDS
dc.relation.ispartOfISOAbbr Russ. Hist.-Hist. Russe
dc.relation.ispartOfIssue 2
dc.relation.ispartofPubTitle Russian History
dc.relation.ispartofPubTitleAbbr Russ. Hist.
dc.relation.ispartOfVolume 41
dc.source.ID WOS:000336881400002
dc.type.publication Journal
dc.subject.otherAuthKeyword Beirut
dc.subject.otherAuthKeyword Catherine the Great
dc.subject.otherAuthKeyword Lebanon
dc.subject.otherAuthKeyword Russian empire
dc.subject.otherAuthKeyword Russian Naval History
dc.subject.otherWOS History

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