Przheval'skii, Asia and empire

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Nikolai Przheval'skii (1839-88) was one of the most prominent Russian explorers of the nineteenth century. His journeys across Central Asia captured the imagination of the Russian public, but he also articulated a set of ideas that encapsulated how Russia perceived its Asian neighbours. Przheval'skii saw Asian peoples as inferior and he argued that Russia had a duty to extend its influence in Asia. His ideas were in the tradition of Russian nationalism that justified Russian imperial expansion, and Przheval'skii's adventures, scientific work and thinking had a substantial impact on both government policy and the public perception of Russia's empire.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-327
Number of pages19
JournalSlavonic and East European Review
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

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