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Beyond the Amur : Frontier Encounters Between China and Russia 1850-1930 - by Victor Zatsepine
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Beyond the Amur describes the distinctive frontier society that emerged in the Amur, a river region that shifted between Qing China and imperial Russia as the two empires competed for resources. Official histories depict the Amur as a distant battleground caught between rival empires. Zatsepine, by contrast, views it as a unified natural economy populated by Chinese, Russian, Indigenous, Japanese, Korean, Manchu, and Mongol people who crossed the border in search of work or trade and who came together to survive a harsh physical environment. This colorful account of a region and its people highlights the often overlooked influence of frontier developments on state politics and imperial policies and histories.