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Beyond the Steppe Frontier: A History of the Sino-Russian Border

Sören Urbansky


The Sino-Russian border, once the world's longest land border, has received scant attention in histories about the margins of empires. This book rectifies this by exploring the demarcation's remarkable transformation—from a vaguely marked frontier in the seventeenth century to its twentieth-century incarnation as a tightly patrolled barrier girded by watchtowers, barbed wire, and border guards. The book explores the daily life of communities and their entanglements with transnational and global flows of people, commodities, and ideas. It challenges top-down interpretations by stressing the sig ... More

Keywords: Sino-Russian border, border making, frontier, patrolled barrier, borderland culture, borders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691181684
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691181684.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sören Urbansky, author
German Historical Institute