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Karakol gorge, early 20th c.

 

Some of you may remember our earlier post about Yue Shi, the PhD student from Georgetown our Department has sponsored in view of his research in the Almaty Central State Archive of the Kazakhstan Republic (TsGARKaz).

Yue Shi will be back to Astana and he will present on his research results. Please join his talk on:

The Seven Rivers: Economy, Ethnicity and Empire in the Central Asian Frontier of the Qing and the Russian Empire, 1860s-1910s.

Thursday 20 April 2017

from 4pm

room 8.322B

Abstract:

Semirech’e, a region which centers on the city Vernyi (today Almaty), lies between the Steppe provinces and Turkestan in the period of late Imperial Russia (1860s-1910s). To the east, it adjoins the Yili Valley, the administrative and military center of Qing’s northwestern frontier. The local history of this geographically and strategically significant region offers an access to observe the dynamics among imperial frontier finance, ethnic policies and cross-border trade in the Central Asian frontier of the Russian Empire. The rich collection of documents in the Central State Archive of the Republic of Kazakhstan lays the foundation of this research project. The presentation will demonstrate how archival sources contribute to a better understanding of the relation between the Russian Empire and its Central Asian frontier. 

 

 

Speaker:

Yue Shi is a fourth-year Ph.D candidate from Georgetown University (U.S.). He studied for his BA (2011) in Urdu Language and Literature at Peking University, and MA (2013) in History at Georgetown University. He is interested in the comparison of the Qing and Russian rule in Central Asia. In the academic year 2016-2017, under the sponsorship of Nazarbayev University, he conducts research trips to archives and libraries in Kazakhstan for the dissertation topic “The Seven Rivers: Economy, Ethnicity and Empire in the Central Asian Frontier of the Qing and the Russian Empire, 1860s-1910s.

 

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