This is the first study in Russian or Western literature of the rise and fall of Russian naval influence in the North Pacific Ocean from the time of Peter the Great to Tsar Nicholas I. The author deals with a neglected area: inherent tension between Russian naval and mercantile interests and the origins of international rivalry in the North Pacific at large. Barratt shows that Russia's motives for early expeditions to the Pacific were to promote science, exploration, and trade. But when imperialist powers vied for territory and resources in the area, military confrontation became a possibility. .
About the author
Glynn Barratt is a professor of Russian at Carleton University and the author of many books on Russia's naval and diplomatic history.
Other titles by Glynn Barratt
Southern and Eastern Polynesia
Volume 2 of Russia and the South Pacific, 1696-1840
Russian Shadows on the British Northwest Coast of North America, 1810-1890
A Study of Rejection of Defence Responsibilities
The Russians and Australia
Volume 1 of Russia and the South Pacific, 1696-1840
The Tuamotu Islands and Tahiti
Volume 4 of Russia and the South Pacific, 1696-1840
Melanesia and the Western Polynesian Fringe
Volume 3 of Russia and the South Pacific, 1696-1840
Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand
The Traditional European Records, 1820