300 pages | 20 B/W Illus.
The Russian Far East was a remarkably fluid region in the period leading up to, during, and after the Russian Revolution. The different contenders in play in the region, imagining and working toward alternative futures, comprised different national groups, including Russians, Buryat-Mongols, Koreans, and Ukrainians; different imperialist projects, including Japanese and American attempts to integrate the region into their political and economic spheres of influence as well as the legacies of Russian expansionism and Bolshevik efforts to export the revolution to Mongolia, Korea, China, and Japan; and various local regionalists, who aimed for independence or strong regional autonomy for distinct Siberian and Far Eastern communities and whose efforts culminated in the short-lived Far Eastern Republic of 1920–1922. The Rise and Fall of Russia’s Far Eastern Republic, 1905–1922 charts developments in the region, examines the interplay of the various forces, and explains how a Bolshevik version of state-centered nationalism prevailed.
Chapter 1: Left-liberal nationalism and self-organization east of Baikal, 1905–1916
Chapter 2: Post-imperial particularisms in the Russian Far East, 1917–1919
Chapter 3: Nationalisms and the making of the Far Eastern Republic, 1920
Chapter 4: The Far Eastern Republic and the Priamur State Formation, 1921
Chapter 5: Competing nationalisms and Sovietization in the Russian Far East, 1922
The experiences of Russia and the Soviet Union as empires, from the perspectives both of great power politics and also the government of large, diverse populations, has much to contribute to wider historical studies of empire and colonialism, where much of the focus has concentrated on Western European countries and their overseas colonies. This series includes work on a wide range of subjects related to Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet empires. It covers work on the imperial peripheries as well as the imperial centre, on social, religious and marginal groups and the lived experiences of empire as well as politics and imperial elites, and on legal and constitutional frameworks and the intellectual underpinnings of empire. Besides the work of Western scholars, the series includes a strong strand of books from a new rising generation of very promising young historians from the region itself.
Submissions from prospective authors are welcomed, and should be sent in the first instance to Aleksandr Semyonov - webpage: https://www.hse.ru/en/staff/semyonov.