The Early Danish-Muscovite Treaties 1493-1523: Texts, Contexts, Diplomacy [Hardback]

Carsten Pape (Author)

ISBN: 9788772194059 | Published by: Aarhus University Press | Year of Publication: 2022 | Language: English 200p, H240 x W170 (mm) Colour illustrations

The Early Danish-Muscovite Treaties 1493-1523


The book introduces a largely unknown chapter in the history of Danish and Muscovite foreign policy and diplomacy by addressing the unprecedented treaties of alliance and cooperation concluded by the two powers in the final decades of the Middle Ages. The treaties, directed against Sweden and Lithuania and impacting actors across the Baltic region, generated an intense political relationship resulting in a staggering fifty diplomatic missions between Copenhagen and Moscow over the thirty-year period.

With many of the sources written in Russian and Danish (and Latin and Low German), the relative neglect of the episode in modern scholarship is understandable. To remedy the problem, the author publishes the extant Latin and Russian texts of the treaties in a new, critical reading of the original acts, with translations into English and extensive commentaries. For context, he further details the historical circumstances and diplomatic processes leading to the conclusion of each individual treaty and expounds the differences between Muscovite and Western treaty-making practices at the time.

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