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Russia's American colony /
edited by S. Frederick Starr.
Durham : Duke University Press, 1987.
vi, 430 p. : ill. --
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Durham : Duke University Press, 1987.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 366-420.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-09:
A revisionist study of Alaska, this collection presents 14 essays by 12 scholars from Canada, Russia, and the US who participated in a conference held in Sitka in 1982. The major sections focus on the opening of the Pacific Northwest, the Tsars and their American colony, Russians and Native Americans, cultural life, Russian America and the US, and the documentary evidence upon which the study is based. Traditional political and diplomatic themes have been reinterpreted and placed on a firm economic, social, and cultural base. This holistic approach persists despite sharp differences in scholarly assessment and interpretation, which do not necessarily correlate with the participants' national identities. This stimulating volume now becomes the measure from which further studies must proceed. Two excellent bibliographic essays; full notes; an index of names and places. College, university, and public libraries.-M.L. Dolan, Northern Michigan University
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American, Canadian, and Soviet scholars gathered in Sitka under the auspices of the Kenan Institute to review and reinterpret the history of tsarist Russia's colonial outpost in Alaska. The result is this comprehensive examination of that history, which goes beyond the traditional concentration on political and diplomatic history by treating the economy, society, and culture of Alaska during the Russian period.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Opening the New Worldp. 11
The Discovery of Russian Americap. 13
Russian Expansion in Siberia and America: Critical Contrastsp. 32
The Tsars and Their American Colonyp. 41
The Russian American Company and the Imperial Government: Early Phasep. 43
Toward a History of the Liquidation of the Russian American Companyp. 63
Russians and Native Americansp. 75
Russian Dependence upon the Natives of Alaskap. 77
Relations with the Natives of Russian Americap. 105
Cultural Life in Russian Americap. 145
The Early Architecture and Settlements of Russian Americap. 147
The Russian Orthodox Church in Alaskap. 196
Science and Education in Russian Americap. 218
Russian America and the United Statesp. 249
Russian America and International Relationsp. 251
The Sale of Russian America to the United Statesp. 271
The Significance of the Alaska Purchase to American Expansionp. 295
Russian America: The Documentsp. 317
Published Sources on Russian Americap. 319
Archival and Bibliographic Materials on Russian America outside the USSRp. 353
Notesp. 366
Index of Names and Placesp. 421
Contributorsp. 428
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