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Across the Ussuri Kray

Across the Ussuri Kray

Travels in the Sikhote-Alin Mountains

  • Author: Vladimir K. Arsenyev
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • ISBN: 0253022193
  • Category: History
  • Page: 488
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In Russia’s Far East sits the wild Ussuri Kray, a region known for its remote highlands and rugged mountain passes where tigers and bears roam the cliffs, and salmon and lenok navigate the rivers. In this collection of travel writing by famed Russian explorer and naturalist Vladimir K. Arsenyev (1872-1930), readers are shuttled back to the turn of the 20th century when the Russian Empire was reeling from its defeat in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) and vulnerable to its Far Eastern neighbors. What began as an expedition to survey the region’s infrastructure for the Russian military turned into an adventure through a territory rich in ethnic and ecological diversity. Encountering the disappearing indigenous cultures of the Nanai and Udege, engaging the help of Korean farmers and Chinese hunters, and witnessing the beginning of indomitable Russian settlement, Arsenyev documents the lives and customs of the region’s inhabitants and their surroundings. Originally written as "a popular scientific description of the Kray," this unabridged edition includes photographs largely unseen for nearly a century and is annotated by Jonathan C. Slaght, a biologist working in the same forests Arsenyev explored. Across the Ussuri Kray is a classic of northeast Asian cultural and natural history.

Across the Ussuri Kray

Across the Ussuri Kray

Travels in the Sikhote-Alin Mountains

  • Author: Vladimir K. Arsenyev
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780253022059
  • Category: Natural history
  • Page: 454
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32 From the Mutukhe River to Seokhobe -- 33 An Encounter with the Khunkhuz -- 34 Fire in the Forest -- 35 The Winter Expedition -- 36 To the Iman -- 37 A Dangerous River Voyage -- 38 Plight -- 39 From Vagunbe to Parovoza -- 40 The Final Trip -- Appendix 1: Historical and Current Names of Landmarks and Settlements -- Appendix 2: Biographical Information of Characters -- Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y -- Z

Owls of the Eastern Ice

Owls of the Eastern Ice

A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl

  • Author: Jonathan C. Slaght
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 0374718091
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 256
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A young field scientist and conservationist tracks the elusive Blakiston's Fish Owl in the forbidding reaches of eastern Russia The Blakiston’s Fish Owl, the largest species of owl on earth, found only in the far northern regions of Russia, Japan, and Korea, is also perhaps the most mysterious. Only a handful of scientists have attempted to study them, but a chance sighting changed the course of Jonathan Slaght’s life—sending him on a five-year journey to study these enigmatic creatures. In Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl, American researcher and conservationist Slaght takes us to the Primoriye region of Eastern Russia, where we join a small team for late-night monitoring missions, on mad dashes across thawing rivers, drink vodka with mystics, hermits, and scientists, and listen to fireside tales of Amur tigers. Most captivating of all are the fish owls themselves: vicious hunters, devoted parents, singers of eerie duets, and irrepressible survivors in a harsh and shrinking habitat. A rare glimpse into the everyday life of a scientist and the subjects of his deep fascination, Owls of the Eastern Ice is a testament to the determination, creativity, and resolve required by field research and a powerful reminder of the beauty, strength, and vulnerability of the natural world.

Manchuria

Manchuria

A Concise History

  • Author: Mark Gamsa
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1788317904
  • Category: History
  • Page: 216
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Manchuria is a historical region, which roughly corresponds to Northeast China. The Manchu people, who established the last dynasty of Imperial China (the Qing, 1644–1911) originated there, and it has been the stage of turbulent events during the twentieth century: the Russo-Japanese war, Japanese occupation and establishment of the puppet state of Manchukuo, Soviet invasion, and Chinese civil war. This innovative and accessible historical survey both introduces Manchuria to students and general readers and contributes to the emerging regional perspective in the study of China.

“Masters” and “Natives”

“Masters” and “Natives”

Digging the Others’ Past

  • Author: Svetlana Gorshenina,Philippe Bornet,Michel E. Fuchs,Claude Rapin
  • Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
  • ISBN: 3110599465
  • Category: History
  • Page: 394
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The book focuses on the relational dynamic between “masters” and “natives” in the construction of scholarly narratives about the past, in the fields of archeology, history or the study of religions. Reconsidering the role of subaltern actors that recent postcolonial studies have tended to ignore, the present book emphasizes the complex relations between representatives of the imperial power and local actors, and analyzes how masters and natives (and their respective cultures) have shaped each other in the course of the interaction. Through various vectors of intercultural transfer and knowledge exchange, through the circulation of ideas, techniques and human beings, new visions of the past of extra-European regions emerged, as did collective memories resulting from various kinds of appropriations. In this framework, the most important question is how these dynamic processes determined collective memories of the past in plural (post-)colonial – in particular, Asian – worlds, participating to the construction of national/imperial/local identities and to the reinvention of traditions.

Poached

Poached

Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking

  • Author: Rachel Love Nuwer
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0306825511
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 384
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An intrepid investigation of the criminal world of wildlife trafficking--the poachers, the traders, and the customers--and of those fighting against it Journalist Rachel Nuwer plunges the reader into the underground of global wildlife trafficking, a topic she has been investigating for nearly a decade. Our insatiable demand for animals--for jewelry, pets, medicine, meat, trophies, and fur--is driving a worldwide poaching epidemic, threatening the continued existence of countless species. Illegal wildlife trade now ranks among the largest contraband industries in the world, yet compared to drug, arms, or human trafficking, the wildlife crisis has received scant attention and support, leaving it up to passionate individuals fighting on the ground to try to ensure that elephants, tigers, rhinos, and more are still around for future generations. As Reefer Madness (Schlosser) took us into the drug market, or Susan Orlean descended into the swampy obsessions of The Orchid Thief, Nuwer--an award-winning science journalist with a background in ecology--takes readers on a narrative journey to the front lines of the trade: to killing fields in Africa, traditional medicine black markets in China, and wild meat restaurants in Vietnam. Through exhaustive first-hand reporting that took her to ten countries, Nuwer explores the forces currently driving demand for animals and their parts; the toll that demand is extracting on species across the planet; and the conservationists, rangers, and activists who believe it is not too late to stop the impending extinctions. More than a depressing list of statistics, Poached is the story of the people who believe this is a battle that can be won, that our animals are not beyond salvation.

Eastbound Through Siberia

Eastbound Through Siberia

Observations from the Great Northern Expedition

  • Author: Georg Wilhelm Steller
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780253047786
  • Category:
  • Page: 264
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In the winter of 1739, Georg Steller received word from Empress Anna of Russia that he was to embark on a secret expedition to the far reaches of Siberia as a member of the Great Northern Expedition. While searching for economic possibilities and strategic advantages, Steller was to send back descriptions of everything he saw. The Empress's instructions were detailed, from requests for a preserved whale brain to observing the child-rearing customs of local peoples, and Steller met the task with dedication, bravery, and a good measure of humor. In the name of science, Steller and his comrades confronted horse-swallowing bogs, leaped across ice floes, and survived countless close calls in their exploration of an unforgiving environment. Not stopping at lists of fishes, birds, and mammals, Steller also details the villages and the lives of those living there, from vice-governors to prostitutes. His writings rail against government corruption and the misuse of power while describing with empathy the lives of the poor and forgotten, with special attention toward Native peoples. What emerges is a remarkable window into life--both human and animal--in 18th century Siberia. Due to the secret nature of the expedition, Steller's findings were hidden in Russian archives for centuries, but the near-daily entries he recorded on journeys from the town of Irkutsk to Kamchatka are presented here in English for the first time.

World Survey of Climatology: Climates of the Soviet Union

World Survey of Climatology: Climates of the Soviet Union

  • Author: Helmut Erich Landsberg
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Climatology
  • Page: N.A
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The Russo-Chinese Borderlands

The Russo-Chinese Borderlands

Zone of Peaceful Contact Or Potential Conflict?

  • Author: William Arthur Douglas Jackson
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Borderlands
  • Page: 156
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The Oil and Gas Potential of the Soviet Far East

The Oil and Gas Potential of the Soviet Far East

  • Author: Arthur Augustus Meyerhoff
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Gas, Natural
  • Page: 176
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