Russia's Frozen Frontier: A History of Siberia and the Russian Far East 1581 - 1991

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Bloomsbury Publishing, May 15, 2011 - History - 288 pages
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Alan Wood's ambitious work is the first to address the whole span - both chronologically and thematically - of the development of Siberia, and its role in both the Russian and the global context.


With a scope that reaches from to Muscovy's conquest of Siberia in the 16th and 17th centuries to modern times, it explores the effects of colonial exploitation, the Revolutions of 1917 and developments during the Soviet period. Russia's Frozen Frontier is also the first book to detail the history of Siberia from the view of Siberians themselves - both Russian and native - rather than seen through the lens of Moscow or St Petersburg.

 

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Contents

IceBox and El Dorado
1
Invasion and Assimilation
22
Exploration and Exploitation
45
Russian America Reform and Regionalism
70
Vanquished and Victims
95
The Siberian Exile System
118
Railroad Revolution and Mass Migration
143
Revolution and Civil War
168
Growth GULag and the Great Patriotic War
191
Boom BAM and Beyond
216
Afterword
247
Suggestions for Further Reading
250
Notes
253
Index
269
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About the author (2011)

Alan Wood is Visiting Research Fellow in Russian History at Lancaster University and founder-editor of the journal SIBIRICA

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