The Road to Power

The Road to Power : Trans-Siberian Railway and the Colonization of Asian Russia, 1850-1927

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Part of the drive towards industrialization promoted by Sergei Witte, Minister of Finances under Alexander III and Nicholas II, the trans-Siberian railway was the most powerful statement of Russia's intention to become a major industrial power, and was a turning point in the colonization of her eastern lands. Marks relates the debates about the railway's construction, analyzes the government's motives for committing its resources to so vast a project, and examines the railway's economic consequences for the colonization and economic development of Siberia.
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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • illustrations, bibliography, index
  • 1850433453
  • 9781850433453

Table of contents

Part 1 Impetus: a weak and distant domain; an appetite for Asia; Siberia is for Russia. Part 2 Debate and decision: divergent visions; the vital nerve and the tail end; bureaucracy prolix. Part 3 Creation: a state within a state; Witte and the taming of the wild east; monument to bungling; the limits of railroad colonization.
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