Eastern Destiny: Russia in Asia and the North Pacific

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ABC-CLIO, 1996 - History - 273 pages
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Eastern Destiny: Russia in Asia and the North Pacific is the history of a remarkable eastern expansion under tsars, emperors, and commissars. The narrative spans the period from the Mongol conquest in the 13th century to the Cold War of the 20th. An intense anxiety for security, owed in large part to the Mongol incursion, would impel the eastern Slavs relentlessly toward territorial aggrandizement. Over the centuries, the modest Grand Duchy of Moscow in Eastern Europe was so successful that it grew into the massive Russian Empire, whose lands stretched from the Holy Roman Empire in Central Europe to the edge of British power in the wilds of North America.

Eastern Destiny: Russia in Asia and the North Pacific is a saga of entrepreneurs pressing ever-eastward for the wealth of pelts, whether sable or sea otter. It features the arrival of the servants of the state who ensured control of these lands and negotiated--whether subtly or otherwise--with the nations of East Asia. Also chronicled are the voluntary release by treaty of Alaska and the northern Kurils, the humiliating temporary loss of southern Sakhalin and the ultimate dismemberment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Despite such losses, the Russian Federation still comprises the most expansive country on earth, most of whose territory is the result of Asian conquests dating back 400 years.

 

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Contents

2 Early Russian Experiences with Asia and Asians
11
3 Ivan IV and Muscovite Drang nach Osten
23
4 Initial SinoMuscovite Contacts
37
5 Toward a Delineated SinoMuscovite Border
49
6 The Kiakhta System
57
7 Japan Kamchatka and the Kurils
69
8 Normalization of RussoJapanese Relations
79
The Rim of the North Pacific
91
16 Russia Korea and the SinoJapanese War
159
17 Russia Manchuria and the Boxer Rebellion
167
18 Korea and the RussoJapanese War
173
19 War Revolution and Reconquest
185
The First Soviet Satellite
195
21 Russians the Chinese Eastern Railway and Sinkiang
201
22 The Soviet Union and Japan in the 1920s and 1930s
211
23 World War II and Settlements
219

10 Baranov California and Hawaii
99
11 Demise of the Russian American Company and Sale of Alaska
109
12 Living with the Kiakhta System
115
13 A New RussoChinese Border in the Far East
123
14 New Borders for Russia in Central Asia
137
Arteries of Empire
147
24 The USSR and the Asian Mainland during the Cold War
229
25 The USSR and the North Pacific during the Cold War
239
Suggested Reading List
247
Index
253
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About the author (1996)

G. PATRICK MARCH pursued a 30-year career in cryptology with the U.S. Navy which involved duty in Asia, Europe and Africa. After final tours with the National Security Agency and the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, he retired with the rank of Rear Admiral. He has been a lecturer of history at the University of Hawaii and is the author of Cossacks of the Brotherhood (1990), with articles appearing in Pacific Historical Review and Sibirica.

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