Materials for the Study of the Ussuriysk District: Lectures at the Society for the Study of the Amur Region


This volume is a study of the Ussuriysk District in the Amur Region of the Russian Far East. The author, I. P. Nadarov, was a noted expert who wrote extensively on this region. The book is based on local lectures held at the Society for the Study of the Amur Region (affiliated with the Imperial Russian Geographical Society), which was organized in 1884 under the patronage of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich. The society eventually built a museum and library in Vladivostok, which focused on ethnographic collections from native cultures in the surrounding areas. The book offers a chronological history of Russian development of the region between 1860 and 1885, providing specific years and indices of economic and population growth as well as information about broader cultural and historical events. It contains a great deal of information on the relatively new Russian city of Vladivostok, including an overview of its transformation into a vital regional port. The volume also provides statistics on the local population and on border conflicts with China. The work is reflective of the era in which it was written, the late 19th century, in that it shows elements of Russian nationalism and chauvinism toward the Far East. The founder of the Society for the Study of the Amur Region, Fyodor Busse, was the head of the Russian Resettlement Administration. The volume proclaims the significance of Vladivostok as a major new Russian port on the Pacific Ocean and the need to facilitate Russian immigration while limiting Chinese and Korean migration into a region that had been absorbed into the Russian Empire only within the previous 25 years. Busse’s organization worked to provide provisions and facilities for the waves of Russian peasants who were recent arrivals in the South Ussuri lands. The book cites the Treaty of Peking of 1860 as a legal basis for Russian settlement in this region, which had recently been ceded by China, but it also addresses the vulnerabilities created by the close proximity to large Asian countries and the important imbalances in population and economic capabilities between Russia and its Asian neighbors. By taking these issues into consideration, the volume highlights some of the insecurities that arose in Russia as a consequence of its rapid expansion across Siberia.

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Governing Authority of the Eastern Ports, Vladivostok


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Матерiалы къ изученiю Уссурiйскаго края: Доклады въ Обществѣ изученiя Амурскаго края

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27 pages ; 22 centimeters

Last updated: June 9, 2017