Collected Government Documents and Treaties

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Collected Government Documents and Treaties


(Sobranie gosudarstvennykh gramot i dogovorov), a collection of documents on Russian history from the archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, published by the Commission for the Publishing of Government Documents and Treaties.

Collected Government Documents and Treaties was published in five parts (Moscow, parts 1–4, 1813–28; part 5, 1894). It includes 1,037 documents. Parts 1 through 4 contain material primarily on the domestic history of Russia from the 13th century to 1696. They include testaments and treaties from the 13th through 16th centuries, ukases of the 16th and 17th centuries, documents of the zemskie sobory (assemblies of the land), coronation ranks (registers) and agreements confirmed by oath, yarlyks from the khans of the Golden Horde to the metropolitans of Moscow, the investigation of the Uglich affair of 1591, and, from the 16th and 17th centuries, charters granted to lay and clerical feudal notables, merchants, and cities, customs charters granted to local administrators, and commercial statutes. Part 5 contains documents on Russian diplomatic history from the 14th through 16th centuries (several such documents were also published in parts 1–4)—for example, on relations between Russia, on the one hand, the Polish-Lithuanian state, Austria, England, Denmark, Sweden, Livonia, Turkey, the Crimea, the Kazan Khanate, and the Nogai Horde, on the other. Collected Government Documents and Treaties includes pictures and brief descriptions of the official seals.


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