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Across the Ussuri Kray
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In Russia’s Far East sits the wild Ussuri Kray, a region known for its remote highlands and rugged mountain passes where tigers and bears roam the cliffs, and salmon and lenok navigate the rivers. In this collection of travel writing by famed Russian explorer and naturalist Vladimir K. Arsenyev (1872-1930), readers are shuttled back to the turn of the 20th century when the Russian Empire was reeling from its defeat in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) and vulnerable to its Far Eastern neighbors. What began as an expedition to survey the region’s infrastructure for the Russian military turned into an adventure through one of the most ethnically and ecologically diverse territories on the continent. Encountering the disappearing indigenous cultures of the Nanai and Udege, engaging the help of Korean farmers and Chinese hunters, and witnessing the beginning of indomitable Russian settlement, Arsenyev documents the lives and customs of the region’s inhabitants and their surroundings. Originally written as "a popular scientific description of the Kray," this unabridged edition includes photographs largely unseen for nearly a century and is annotated by Jonathan C. Slaght, a biologist working in the same forests Arsenyev explored. Across the Ussuri Kray is a classic of northeast Asian cultural and natural history.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Foreword: The Unknown Arsenyev
  2. Ivan Yegorchev
  3. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Preface to the 1921 Edition
  2. pp. xv-xx
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  1. Translator’s Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. Translator’s Introduction
  2. Jonathan Slaght
  3. pp. xxiii-xxviii
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  1. Title Page, Map
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Part I: The 1902 Expedition
  1. 1 The Glass Valley
  2. pp. 5-13
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  1. 2 Meeting Dersu
  2. pp. 14-20
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  1. 3 The Boar Hunt
  2. pp. 21-30
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  1. 4 The Incident at a Korean Village
  2. pp. 31-37
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  1. 5 The Lower Reaches of the Lefu
  2. pp. 38-52
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  1. 6 The Blizzard at Lake Khanka
  2. pp. 53-60
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  1. 7 Parting Ways with Dersu
  2. pp. 61-64
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  1. Part II: The 1906 Expedition
  1. 8 Expedition Preparations and Equipment
  2. pp. 67-73
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  1. 9 At the Departure Site
  2. pp. 74-78
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  1. 10 Up the Ussuri
  2. pp. 79-91
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  1. 11 From Chzhumtayza to the Village of Zagornaya
  2. pp. 92-98
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  1. 12 The Route across the Mountains to the Village of Koksharovka
  2. pp. 99-110
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  1. 13 The Fudzin River Valley
  2. pp. 111-123
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  1. 14 Through the Taiga
  2. pp. 124-133
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  1. 15 The Great Forest
  2. pp. 134-143
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  1. 16 Across the Sikhote-Alin to the Sea
  2. pp. 144-156
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  1. 17 The Villages of Fudin and Permskoye
  2. pp. 157-162
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  1. 18 Saint Olga Bay
  2. pp. 163-171
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  1. 19 Trip to the Sydagou River
  2. pp. 172-183
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  1. 20 Adventure on the Arzamasovka River
  2. pp. 184-223
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  1. 21 Saint Vladimir Bay
  2. pp. 224-232
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  1. 22 The Tadusha River
  2. pp. 233-240
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  1. 23 Dersu Uzala
  2. pp. 241-247
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  1. 24 Amba
  2. pp. 248-256
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  1. 25 The Li-Fudzin
  2. pp. 257-263
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  1. 26 The Path along the Noto River
  2. pp. 264-274
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  1. 27 An Accursed Place
  2. pp. 275-283
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  1. 28 Return to the Sea
  2. pp. 284-292
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  1. 29 Up the Tyutikhe River
  2. pp. 293-307
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  1. 30 The Red Deer Rut
  2. pp. 308-314
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  1. 31 The Bear Hunt
  2. pp. 315-322
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  1. 32 From the Mutukhe River to Seokhobe
  2. pp. 323-333
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  1. 33 An Encounter with the Khunkhuz
  2. pp. 334-342
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  1. 34 Fire in the Forest
  2. pp. 343-354
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  1. 35 The Winter Expedition
  2. pp. 355-365
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  1. 36 To the Iman
  2. pp. 366-375
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  1. 37 A Dangerous River Voyage
  2. pp. 376-384
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  1. 38 Plight
  2. pp. 385-393
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  1. 39 From Vagunbe to Parovoza
  2. pp. 394-400
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  1. 40 The Final Trip
  2. pp. 401-408
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  1. Appendix 1: Historical and Current Names of Landmarks and Settlements
  2. pp. 409-424
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  1. Appendix 2: Biographical Information of Characters
  2. pp. 425-430
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 431-438
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 439-454
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  1. Contributors
  2. p. 455
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