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Author Bassin, Mark, author
Title Imperial visions : nationalist imagination and geographical expansion in the Russian Far East, 1840-1865 / Mark Bassin
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1999
book jacket
Descript 1 online resource (xiv, 329 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
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computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series Cambridge studies in historical geography ; 29
Cambridge studies in historical geography ; 29
Note Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
Foreword / Nicholas V. Riasanovsky -- Map of the Russian Far East (c. 1860) -- 1. Early visions and divinations -- 2. National identity and world mission -- 3. The rediscovery of the Amur -- 4. The push to the Pacific -- 5. Dreams of a Siberian Mississippi -- 6. Civilizing a savage realm -- 7. Poised on the Manchurian frontier -- 8. The Amur and its discontents
In the middle of the nineteenth century, the Russian empire made a dramatic advance on the Pacific by annexing the vast regions of the Amur and Ussuri rivers. Although this remote realm was a virtual terra incognita for the Russian educated public, the acquisition of an 'Asian Mississippi' attracted great attention nonetheless, even stirring the dreams of Russia's most outstanding visionaries. Within a decade of its acquisition, however, the dreams were gone and the Amur region largely abandoned and forgotten. In an innovative examination of Russia's perceptions of the new territories in the Far East, Mark Bassin sets the Amur enigma squarely in the context of the Zeitgeist in Russia at the time. Imperial Visions demonstrates the fundamental importance of geographical imagination in the mentalité of imperial Russia. This 1999 work offers a truly novel perspective on the complex and ambivalent ideological relationship between Russian nationalism, geographical identity and imperial expansion
TAEBDC; 2009
Link Print version: 9780521391740
Subject Amur River Region (China and Russia) -- History -- 19th century
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