Asiatic Russia, Volumes 1 and 2


This work, commissioned by the Resettlement Department of the Land Regulation and Agriculture Administration in Saint Petersburg, contains some of the best research of the early 20th century on what in the Russian Empire was commonly referred to as Asiatic Russia. Volume I covers the gradual resettlement of Russian peoples beyond the Ural Mountains, to Siberia, the steppe areas, Turkestan, and the Far East, a migration that was encouraged by the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway in the 1890s. It includes essays on the history of Russian settlement, ethnography, and local administration. Also discussed are borders, the court system, demographics, religion, education, medical practice, the history of cities, the Cossacks and their lands, and peasant resettlement. Volume II focuses on the land and economy. Essays cover climate, soils, geological structure, flora and fauna, trade, industry, and transportation and communications. Artificial irrigation systems and agricultural practices in Turkistan and Central Asia are extensively discussed. Maps and illustrations are included in both volumes. The first and only edition of this work was published in four volumes, including a volume of supplements and indices and an atlas.

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