Empirical Empire: Russian Geographical Explorations in the 1880s Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • Riegg, Stephen
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
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  • Through the lens of empire building and the creation of knowledge about foreign others, this essay assesses explorations conducted by the Imperial Russian Geographical Society in the 1880s. Based on the reports of Russia's three most influential explorers--Nikolai Przheval'skii, Gregorii Potanin, and Nikolai Miklukho-Maklai--it illustrates how they worked to incorporate Russia into the global expansion of imperialism in the late nineteenth century. By examining some of the Geographical Society's principal expeditions beyond the periphery of the Russian Empire, the essay seeks to answer broader questions about the political and cultural significance of understanding distant peoples with whom Russians traditionally had little interaction.
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  • McReynolds, Louise
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  • Master of Arts
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  • 2012
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