Abstract

SUMMARY:

Alaska at the turn of the 19th and 20th century – the period following the sale of the Russian colony to the USA – offers fascinating insights into the different ways in which Russia and the US integrated various ethnic groups into their respective empires. Social categories that had served the economic and administrative needs of the Russian-American Company up to 1867 were not easily equated with those current in the post-Civil War US, and the economic role of the indigenous population changed considerably. The article points out the specifics of Alaska’s status in each empire as well as some broader themes for comparison between Russia and the US as multiethnic societies.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2164-9731
Print ISSN
2166-4072
Pages
pp. 169-190
Launched on MUSE
2015-10-07
Open Access
No
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