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Empire of Extinction: Russians and the North Pacific's Strange Beasts of the Sea, 1741-1867 by [Ryan Tucker Jones]

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"Casts new light on Russia's imperial policies in the Pacific, joining recent works by Ilya Vinkovetsky, Gwenn Miller, and Elena Govor...The balance in the text between the cumulative data on environmental damage and the men who made science successfully humanizes a difficult story, and should
manage to engage students in an unfamiliar chapter of global history."--
The Russian Review

"Ryan Tucker Jones takes the environmental history of colonialism to new lands--and seas--in telling the story of the Russian Empire's quest for fur and other animal products in the North Pacific, from Kamchatka to Alaska's panhandle. It is a memorable tale of two syndromes, the relentless search
for a fast ruble at the expense of sea otters, seals, and other marine mammals combined with the rueful recognition of what sustained slaughter meant, including rapid extinction of that gentle giant, Steller's sea cow.
Empire of Extinction is simultaneously environmental history, imperial history,
Russian history, and history of expeditionary science-all wrapped in a highly readable package."--J.R. McNeill, Georgetown University

"Moving beyond human actors and utilizing an innovative methodological skillset that he himself has crafted, Ryan Tucker Jones compels us to reconsider the interactions of ecology, empire, commercial gain, and the practice of natural science. His book is pioneering on a number of fronts. The
emphasis on marine animals and the people who hunted and studied them elucidates far-reaching relationships that have not been previously analyzed.
Empire of Extinction brings in methodological insights from environmental history and the history of science both to enrich and to challenge the
established ways of looking at the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Russian empire on both sides of the Pacific. It is the first book that integrates Russian America and the Russian Far East into the broader history of the Pacific, to the benefit of both."--Ilya Vinkovetsky, author of
America: An Overseas Colony of a Continental Empire

Empire of Extinction is a masterful study of Russia's Pacific empire, but it also offers much more than that. Ryan Tucker Jones's careful analysis lends keen insights into the history of scientific exploration, environmental change, indigenous populations, and the brutal pursuit of power and
profits. This book is a stellar accomplishment."--David Igler, author of
The Great Ocean: Pacific Worlds from Captain Cook to the Gold Rush

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Ryan Tucker Jones is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Auckland.
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00KBWATOE
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (May 14, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 14, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 12133 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 310 pages
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