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История на посольской службе: дипломатия и память в России XVI в.

Ерусалимский К.
This article deals with uses of the past and historical memory of the Russian diplomatic service of the XVI century. It seeks to work out preliminary model of cultural interchange of ceremonial historical exempla, visual representations of the past, artifacts and historical texts of the period. The «past» supplied Russian Diplomatic Office with arguments in polemics for lands, titles, privileges, emigrants. At the same time making reference to the past couldn’t be successful if not based on «traditions» and other identities. These references reorganized collective memory, but international reactions gave new impul-ses to actualize histories. Exempla weren’t totally «imagined», nor «invented». They contained extracts from chronicles and other historical sources. They appealed to common knowledge, God’s grace and God’s texts, icons, insignia, structures etc. Such concepts as «Russian land», «boundary», «our and their», «treason» become new-made elements of diplomatic worldview and influence inner organization of historical memory.