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Beyond the Steppe FrontierA History of the Sino-Russian Border$
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Sören Urbansky

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691181684

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691181684.001.0001

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Revolutions without Borders

Revolutions without Borders

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Beyond the Steppe Frontier

Sören Urbansky

Princeton University Press

This chapter studies the revolutionary political struggles and indigenous secessionist movements following the collapse of imperial rule in China and Russia in 1911 and 1917, respectively. It shows that China's 1911 revolution opened an interregnum decade. When the Qing dynasty was overthrown, autochthonous people, ever dissatisfied with Chinese and Russian incursions into their native lands, claimed independence from Beijing. Their aspirations to sovereignty did not last long, however. Meanwhile, the Russian Revolution and the Civil War triggered changes in the structure of authority on the Russian side as well. At first, however, these produced a vacuum of power. As a result anarchy prevailed on the China–Russia frontier.

Keywords:   revolutionary political struggle, revolutions, 1911 revolution, imperial rule, interregnum, civil war, Russian Revolution, sovereignty, China–Russia frontier

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