Imperial Visions: Nationalist Imagination and Geographical Expansion in the Russian Far East, 1840-1865 by Mark BassinImperial Visions: Nationalist Imagination and Geographical Expansion in the Russian Far East, 1840-1865 by Mark Bassin

Imperial Visions: Nationalist Imagination and Geographical Expansion in the Russian Far East, 1840…

byMark BassinEditorAlan R. H. Baker

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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Until the mid-nineteenth century, the Amur region had been a virtual terra incognita for the Russian public. However, the region's annexation succeeded in stirring the dreams of the country's most outstanding social and political visionaries, who declared it "civilization's most important step forward." A decade later, this enthrallment and optimism had evaporated. Mark Bassin examines Russia's perceptions of the new territories, placing the Amur enigma in the context of Russian Zeitgeist mid-century, and offers a new perspective on the relationship among Russian nationalism, geographical identity and imperial expansion.
Title:Imperial Visions: Nationalist Imagination and Geographical Expansion in the Russian Far East, 1840…Format:PaperbackDimensions:348 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521026741

ISBN - 13:9780521026741

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Table of Contents

Foreword Nicholas V. Riasanovsky; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Map of the Russian Far East (c.1860); Part I: 1. Early visions and divinations; 2. National identity and world mission; 3. The rediscovery of the Amur; 4. The push to the Pacific; Part II: Introduction; 5. Dreams of a Siberian Mississippi; 6. Civilizing a savage realm; 7. Poised on the Manchurian frontier; 8. The Amur and its discontents; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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"Mark Bassin's engaging book is the most recent addition to a series of studies in historical geography emanating from Cambridge University Press. Firmly grounded in both historical geography and intellectual history, Imperial Visions explores the interrelated themes of national indentity, imperial expansion, and the ever-shifting terrain of geographical imagination...provides useful background on historic events prior to 1840...Imperial Visions is highly recommended for upper division and graduate courses on the regional geography of the Russian Ferderation as well as historical geography classes. It provides rich coverage of a little-understood part of the world, while grounding the Russian Far East in sense of region and place." Association of American Geographers 2001