China and Japan in the Russian Imagination, 1685-1922

To the Ends of the Orient

By Susanna Soojung Lim

© 2013 – Routledge

240 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2013-02-13
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About the Book

Throughout the centuries, as Russia strove to build itself into an imperial power equal to those in the West, China and Japan came to occupy a special place in Russians’ view of the orient. Never colonised by Russia or the West, China and Japan were linked not only to the greatest of Russian imperial fantasies, but also, conversely, to a deep sense of insecurity regarding Russia’s place in the world, a sense of insecurity which deepened as China and Japan began to modernise in the later nineteenth century. Drawing on a wide range of works by Russian writers and thinkers, Lim sets out how Russian perceptions of China and Japan were formed from Muscovy’s first contacts with China in the late seventeenth century, through to the aftermath of Russia’s defeat by Japan in the early twentieth century.

Table of Contents

Introduction: To the Pacific Ocean 1. From Albazin to Nagasaki: Russia’s First Contacts with China and Japan, 1685-1813 2. "Confucius on the Northern Throne": China in the Age of Catherine, 1762-1796 3.Looking at China, Thinking of Russia, 1790-18404. The Dawn of the Pacific Era: Russia and East Asia, 1850s-1880s5. From Pan-Mongolism to Proto-Eurasianism, 1890-1900 6.Revolution and the Yellow Peril: 1890s-1910s Conclusion:The Continent of ASSU

About the Author

Susanna Soojung Lim is an Assistant Professor in Literature at the University of Oregon, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Asia has undergone immense and far reaching changes: war, revolution, occupation, industrialization. This series includes in-depth research on aspects of economic, political and social history of individual countries as well as more broad-reaching analyses of regional issues.

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SOC008000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General