REDKINA O.Yu., PISKUNOV N.V., BUSTAMANTE V.C.A. Russia and Mexico in the 19th – Beginning of the 20th Century: on the Crimean War’s Influence on Russia-Mexico Relations

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15688/jvolsu4.2016.6.5

Olga Yu. Redkina

Doctor of Sciences (History), Professor, Director of Institute of History, International Relations and Social Technologies,

Volgograd State University

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Nikita V. Piskunov

Postgraduate Student, Department of Russia’s History,

Volgograd State University

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Valdez Carlos Antonio Bustamante

Master Student, Department of International Relations and Foreign Area Studies,

Volgograd State University

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Abstract. The article deals with the prerequisites and establishment of the first Russia-Mexico contacts, which took place after the Crimean War (1853-1856). It was revealed that Mexico’s interest in the collaboration with Russia began to reveal in a higher degree after the Crimean War. The factors, which had led to the diplomatic rapprochement of the two states, include the Mexico’s search for allies in the contradiction to increased aggression of European states and the USA in the Central American region, and the increase of Russian intellectuals’ emigration, resettlement of religious groups of the Old Russian sectarians to the region. At the turn of 19th – 20th centuries many Russian travelers and writers, such as S.D. Protopopov and K.D. Balmont, visited Mexico for the purpose of studying the culture of ancients Indians, who lived in Central America during many centuries before the Spanish colonization. Besides of the impressions on ancient Indian culture, these travelers described the life of ordinary Mexican people of that time. They mentioned their poverty and hopelessness in the years of Porfirio Dias’s dictatorship. Nevertheless, political and cultural contacts had begun to established in the late 19th century between the Russian Empire and Mexico, because after the Crimean War the Mexico’s interest to Russians increased. In addition, Russia tried to strengthen its position in Central American region. In total, these factors had led to the strengthening of political, social and cultural contacts between Russia and Mexico.

Key words: Russia-Mexico relations, Crimean War, Benito Juárez, Porfirio Dias’s dictatorship, Russian emigration, molokans.

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Russia and Mexico in the 19th – Beginning of the 20th Century: on the Crimean War’s Influence on Russia-Mexico Relations by Redkina O.Yu., Piskunov N.V., Bustamante V.C.A. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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