Smirnov, Vasilii Dmitrievich

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Smirnov, Vasilii Dmitrievich


Born July 28 (Aug. 9), 1846, in the village of Biriuch’ia Kosa, in what is now Liman Raion, Astrakhan Oblast; died May 25, 1922, in Petrograd. Russian orientalist. Specialist in the history and literature of Turkey.

In 1873, Smirnov became a docent and in 1884 a professor in the faculty of Oriental languages of the University of St. Petersburg. His works established Turkish studies as an independent discipline within the field of Turkic studies in Russia.


Kuchibei Gömiurdzhinskii i drugie osmanskie pisateli XVII v. o prichinakh upadka Turtsii. St. Petersburg, 1873.
Krymskoe khanstvo pod verkhovenstvom Otomanskoi Porty do nach. XVIII veka. St. Petersburg, 1887.
Krymskoe khanstvo pod verkhovenstvom Otomanskoi Porty ν XVIII stoletii. Odessa, 1889.
Sbornik nekotorykh vazhnykh izvestii i ofitsial’nykh dokumentov kasatel’no Turtsii, Rossii i Kryma. St. Petersburg, 1881.
Ocherk istorii turetskoi literatury. St. Petersburg, 1891.


Samoilovich, A. “Pamiati V. D. Smirnova.” Vostok, book 3. 1923.
Ocherki istorii istoricheskoi nauki ν SSSR, vol. 2. Moscow, 1960.
For a list of Smirnov’s works and references concerning him, see Tiurkologicheskiisb. 1973, Moscow, 1975.
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