Russia′s American Colony

Russia′s American Colony

Book Pages: 436 Illustrations: Published: January 1987

European Studies > Eastern Europe and Russia, History > World History

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.



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Introduction / S. Frederick Starr 1

Part One. Opening the New World

The Discovery of Russian America / B. P. Polevoi 13

Russian Expansion in Siberia and America: Critical Contrasts / James R. Gibson 32

Part Two. The Tsars and Their American Colony

The Russian American Company and the Imperial Government: Early Phase / Mary E. Wheeler 43

Toward a History of the Liquidation of the Russian American Company / Raisa V. Makarova 63

Part Three. Russians and Native Americans

Russian Dependence upon the Natives of Alaska / James R. Gibson 77

Relations with the Natives of Russian America / R. G. Liapunova 105

Part Four. Cultural Life in Russian America

The Early Architecture and Settlements of Russian America / Anatole Senkevitch Jr. 147

The Russian Orthodox Church in Alaska / Antoinette Shalkop 196

Science and Education in Russian America / E. A. Okladnikova 218

Part Five. Russian America and the United States

Russian America and International Relations / N. N. Bolkhovitinov 251

The Sale of Russian America to the United States / James R. Gibson 271

The Significance of the Alaska Purchase to American Expansion / Howard I. Kushner 295

Part Six. Russian America: The Documents

Published Sources on Russian America / Patricia Polansky 319

Archival and Bibliographic Materials on Russian America outside the USSR / Richard A. Pierce 353

Notes 366

Index of Names and Places 421

Contributors 428
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Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-0688-7