Russia's Frozen Frontier: A History of Siberia and the by Alan Wood

By Alan Wood

Alan Wood's bold paintings is the 1st to deal with the total span – either chronologically and thematically - of the improvement of Siberia, and its function in either the Russian and the worldwide context. With a scope that reaches from to Muscovy's conquest of Siberia within the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to fashionable occasions, it explores the results of colonial exploitation, the Revolutions of 1917 and advancements in the course of the Soviet interval. Russia's Frozen Frontier is additionally the 1st e-book to aspect the heritage of Siberia from the view of Siberians themselves - either Russian and local - instead of visible throughout the lens of Moscow or St Petersburg

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By Alan Wood

Alan Wood's bold paintings is the 1st to deal with the total span – either chronologically and thematically - of the improvement of Siberia, and its function in either the Russian and the worldwide context. With a scope that reaches from to Muscovy's conquest of Siberia within the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to fashionable occasions, it explores the results of colonial exploitation, the Revolutions of 1917 and advancements in the course of the Soviet interval. Russia's Frozen Frontier is additionally the 1st e-book to aspect the heritage of Siberia from the view of Siberians themselves - either Russian and local - instead of visible throughout the lens of Moscow or St Petersburg

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20 The Environment: Ice-Box and El Dorado The result has been a significant growth in criminal lumbering activities, which were in any case thriving with the connivance of corrupt local officials, and the decidedly dodgy activities of illegal Chinese entrepreneurs greedy to exploit Siberia’s timber resources for their own constantly expanding construction programmes. 31 However, the legality of its operations does not prevent the BLPK from creating a huge pall of stinking chemical pollutants hovering over the environs of Bratsk for many kilometres in all directions.

The rapid growth of tourism and the building of ski resorts have also impacted on the lakeside environment. Finally, the building of the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM), a railroad running parallel to – and hundreds of kilometres north of – the Trans-Siberian, starting 14 The Environment: Ice-Box and El Dorado from Taishet at the northern end of the lake and terminating at the Pacific coast, has created a wide range of negative environmental consequences. ) It is impossible to leave Baikal without mention of the fantastic diversity and uniqueness of its flora and fauna, hundreds of species of which are not to be found anywhere else on earth.

The figures are staggering: a single merchant ship would carry as many as a quarter of a million pelts in one voyage; the tyrant king, Henry VIII of England, had a single satin gown embellished with the fur of 350 sables; even the European lower classes’ almighty craving for squirrel had to be curbed by legislation. In Russia, rents were paid to boyar landlords (boyar – member of the hereditary landowning nobility) in fur, direct taxes were extracted by government agencies in fur, peasants hunted and sold pelts direct to merchants for profit, and, as we have seen, fur tribute – the yasak – was imposed on vassal tribes.

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