THE CASPIAN REGION:Politics, Economics, Culture

Scientific journal

Astrakhan in scientific and military studiesof Caspian coast in the XVIII century

2017. 3, pp. 222-227

Kulakov V.O. - Ph.D. (History), Astrakhan State University, 20a Tatishcheva Str., Astrakhan, 414056, Russian Federation

Kulakova N.I. - Ph.D. (History), Associate Professor, Astrakhan State University, 20a Tatishcheva Str., Astrakhan, 414056, Russian Federation

The article is devoted to the analysis of little-known facts of the first scientific expeditions of Russia in the Caspian Sea in terms of the role Astrakhan played in them. The author outlines the main reasons that prompted Russia to hold such events and carefully analyzes the preparation, progress and results of the most important studies of the Caspian Sea during the 18th century. As a result, there is a clear relationship between the political strategy of the Russian state to expand its influence in the Caspian region and its research study.

Key words: , , , , , , Astrakhan, Caspian region, state strategy, scientific research, expeditions, political interests

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