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Title: Imperial Russia and the Chinese treaty ports, 1890s-1917
Author: Crawford, Alan
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2013
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Between 1896 and 1917 the Russian Empire controlled two small territories, known as concessions, in the Chinese treaty ports of Hankou and Tianjin. Imperialism in the treaty ports was a multinational phenomenon: the Russian concessions existed alongside those of several other empires, simultaneously competing and cooperating as they sought to further their own political and economic aims while maintaining a united front against their unwilling hosts. This thesis explores the origins and development of these little-known outposts of Russian empire, positing that they cannot be understood without reference to contemporary debates about the nature of Russia and its ambiguous intellectual relationship with Europe. Drawing on diplomatic correspondence, administrative records of the concessions and a range of contemporary Russian writing about the treaty ports, the thesis argues that abstract concepts of identity shaped day-to-day policymaking in the concessions by means of a process of constant comparison between Russia and other empires .
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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