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Beyond the Amur

Frontier Encounters between China and Russia, 1850–1930

Beyond the Amur describes the distinctive frontier society that emerged in the Amur, a river region that shifted between Qing China and Imperial Russia as the two empires competed for resources. Official histories depict the Amur as a distant battleground caught between rival empires. Zatsepine, by contrast, views it as a unified natural economy populated by Chinese, Russian, Indigenous, Japanese, Korean, Manchu, and Mongol people who crossed the border in search of work or trade and who came together to survive a harsh physical environment. This colourful account of a region and its people highlights the often-overlooked influence of frontier developments on state politics and imperial policies and histories.


Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1 A River Runs through It

2 They Came from Everywhere

3 Fur, Gold, and Local Trade

4 Imperial Russian Expansionism

5 Chinese Migrants in Frontier Towns

6 A Railway Runs through It

7 Conflict and War

8 Fading Frontiers

Conclusion

Appendix A: Chronology

Appendix B: Chinese Terms

Notes; Bibliography; Index

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