Imperial Visions :

Bassin, Mark.

Imperial Visions : Nationalist Imagination and Geographical Expansion in the Russian Far East, 1840-1865. - 1 online resource (349 pages) - Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography ; v.29 . - Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography .

Cover -- Half-title -- Series-title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- PART I -- 1 Early visions and divinations -- "A region beautiful and bountiful" -- "This river can ... be useful for Kamchatka and [Russian] America" -- "Our . . . friendly relations with China" -- 2 National identity and world mission -- "The East is not the West" -- "Who is closer to Asia than us?" -- "What does this boundless space portend?" -- "Asia, Europe: influence on the entire world!" -- 3 The rediscovery of the Amur -- "My ardent love for Russia . . . will serve as my excuse" -- "An irrepressible desire to visit this region" -- "A blessed location will not remain empty!" -- "Something like central Africa" -- "Science ...is samopoznanie" -- 4 The push to the Pacific -- "A useless river" -- "This is one courageous, enterprising Yankee!" -- "To rule the entire Asiatic coast" -- "You will not hold back Russia's universal destiny" -- "The Amur is going to drive you insane" -- PART II -- Introduction -- 5 Dreams of a Siberian Mississippi -- "The merchant princes of the earth" -- "More a cruel step-mother than a mother" -- "A blessed Russian Kentucky" -- 6 Civilizing a savage realm -- "For the good of all Slavdom" -- "Who is transforming the soil and the climate?" -- "A diploma with the title of a truly European nation" -- 7 Poised on the Manchurian frontier -- "What cannot be held had better be ceded" -- "The principal and final goal . . . had to be the Ussuri" -- "Nothing short of the Wall of China" -- 8 The Amur and its discontents -- "A malignant ulcer" -- "This unappealing desert inspires unbearable grief " -- "Everywhere you find filth, hunger, and poverty" -- "Such lack of cultivation, such insolence!" -- "In Asia we too are Europeans" -- "So here's where Russia begins!" -- Conclusion -- Bibliography. Index.

An intellectual/historiographical examination of the fundamental importance of geographical imagination in the mentalité of imperial Russia, first published in 1999.

9780511150203


Amur River Region (China and Russia)--History--19th century.


Electronic books.

DK771.A3 B37 1999

957.707