The Regionalist Conception of Siberia, 1860 to 1920
Siberia, in the early nineteenth century, was commonly regarded as a remote, isolated, stagnant backwater, ruled by powerful, despotic officials, and almost entirely cut off from the main currents of Western and Russian culture. By the end of the century this immense territory was gradually transformed into a more integral part of the Russian empire and of the world at large—economically, politically, and culturally. As part of this process, an emergent regional consciousness began to awaken Siberian society to the values and needs of the modern age. This awakening led Siberia’s chief advocates, the regionalists, to promote a specific identity and image for the region and for its place within the empire.
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