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Russian Shadows on the British Northwest Coast of North America, 1810-1890

A Study of Rejection of Defence Responsibilities

by (author) Glynn Barratt

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2011
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    Publish Date
    Nov 2011
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    Publish Date
    Jan 1983
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Russia threw her shadow on the Northwest Coast before the British came to what is now known as British Columbia. Spanish fears of a 'Muscovite' advance on her possessions from Alaskan outposts were well known in eighteenth-century Europe. This book focuses on the development of British and Canadian perceptions of Russian naval strength in the Pacific during the nineteenth century and weighs the consequences -- psychological, political, and military -- of the reluctance of both countries to assume coastal defence responsibilities.

About the author

Contributor Notes

Glynn Barratt is a professor in the Russian department at Carleton University.

Editorial Reviews

His careful translations of personal journals make for fascinating reading in addition to their worth to ethnographers.

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