Russian America: An Overseas Colony of a Continental Empire, 1804-1867 by Ilya VinkovetskyRussian America: An Overseas Colony of a Continental Empire, 1804-1867 by Ilya Vinkovetsky

Russian America: An Overseas Colony of a Continental Empire, 1804-1867

byIlya Vinkovetsky

Paperback | April 25, 2014

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From 1741 until Alaska was sold to the United States in 1867, the Russian empire claimed territory and peoples in North America. In this book, Ilya Vinkovetsky examines how Russia governed its only overseas colony, illustrating how the colony fit into and diverged from the structures developedin the otherwise contiguous Russian empire. Russian America was effectively transformed from a remote extension of Russia's Siberian frontier penetrated mainly by Siberianized Russians into an ostensibly modern overseas colony operated by Europeanized Russians. Under the rule of the Russian-American Company, the colony was governed on different terms than the rest of the empire, a hybrid of elements carried over from Siberia and imported from rival colonial systems. Its economic, labor, and social organization reflected Russian hopes for Alaska, as well asthe numerous limitations, such as its vast territory and pressures from its multiethnic residents, it imposed. This approach was particularly evident in Russian strategies to convert the indigenous peoples of Russian America into loyal subjects of the Russian Empire. Vinkovetsky looks closely atRussian efforts to acculturate the native peoples, including attempts to predispose them to be more open to the Russian political and cultural influence through trade and Russian Orthodox Christianity. Bringing together the history of Russia, the history of colonialism, and the history of contact between native peoples and Europeans on the American frontier, this work highlights how the overseas colony revealed the Russian Empire's adaptability to models of colonialism.
Ilya Vinkovetsky is Associate Professor of History at Simon Fraser University.
Title:Russian America: An Overseas Colony of a Continental Empire, 1804-1867Format:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:April 25, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Paradox of Overseas Colonialism for a Continental EmpirePart I: Building a Colonial System2. From Siberia's Frontier to Russia's Colony3. Contractor of Empire4. Indigenous Labor and Colonial InsecuritiesPart II: Making Natives Russian5. Colonial Trade and Co-optation in a Russian Key6. Dependence, Family, and Russianization7. Building a Colonial DioceseConclusion: The Meaning of 1867NotesBibliographyIndex