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Spies and scholars : Chinese secrets and Imperial Russia's quest for world power
AuthorAfinogenov, Gregory
Pub. LocationCambridge, MAPublisherBelknap Press of Harvard University Press
Date2020Phys. Desc.pdf. [xi, 385 p. : ill., maps]
LocationDigital ArchivesCall NumberDS734.97.R8 A35 2020d
Spies and scholars : Chinese secrets and Imperial Russia's quest for world power / Gregory Afinogenov.
Includes bibliographical references and index.

Frontmatter -- Contents -- Maps and Illustrations -- Note on Calendar and Transliteration -- Introduction.

I. Muscovite Statecraft and Hybrid Knowledge
1. Muscovy on the Knowledge Frontier
2. Seeing China through Russian Eyes
II. Bureaucrats and their Secrets
3. Secret Missions, Troublesome Missionaries
5. The Caravan as a Knowledge Bureaucracy
6. The Commerce of Long-Distance Letters
III. Remaking Knowledge on the Frontier
7. Frontier Intelligence and the Struggle for Inner Asia
8. Spies and Subversion in Eastern Siberia
IV. Intelligence and Sinology in Search of World Power
9. Imperial Encounters in the North Pacific
10. Making Russian Sinology in the Age of Napoleon
11. Conspiracy and Conquest on the Amur

Appendix: Reign Dates -- Abbreviations -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Acknowledgments -- Index.

Gregory Afinogenov explores centuries of Russian spying and scholarship on the Far East. He argues that the approaches the empire took are closely related to its leaders' perception of Russia's place in the world. Espionage gave way to public-facing, academic study, as Russia sought to outdo Britain in a global contest for imperial prestige.

Local access dig. pdf. [Afinogenov-Spies and Scholars.pdf]

Subject(s)Espionage, Russian--China--History
Jesuits--China--16th-18th centuries--Contributions in diplomacy
East and West
Intellectuals--Russia--Attitudes on China--History
China--Study and teaching--Russia--History
Russia--Foreign relations--China
China--Foreign relations--Qing dynasty, 1644-1911
China--Foreign relations--Russia
Asia, Central--Foreign relations--China
Rec. TypeDigital Book (PDF)LanguageEnglish
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #19900