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Russia in Pacific Waters, 1715-1825

A Survey of the Origins of Russia's Naval Presence in the North and South Pacific

by (author) Glynn Barratt

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2011
Naval, General, Russia & the Former Soviet Union
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    Mar 1981
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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. .

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Contributor Notes

Glynn Barratt is a professor of Russian at Carleton University and the author of many books on Russia's naval and diplomatic history.

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