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Feeding the Russian Fur Trade
Provisionment of the Okhotsk Seaboard and the Kamchatka Peninsula, 1639–1856
James R. Gibson

“Fascinating account of the interaction of man and nature in the Russian Far East. . . . It deserves a place in the collection of every university and research library.”Choice

James R. Gibson offers a detailed study that is both an account of this chapter of Russian history and a full examination of the changing geography of the Okhotsk Seaboard and the Kamchatka Peninsula over the course of two centuries.

“With meticulous scholarship, he has assembled scant and scattered bits of information on land and water transport, crop yields, milk production in Kamchatka, prices of vodka and other comestibles, weather, and population into a clear, well-told account of the great problem underlying all activity in the region, that of supply.”
Canadian Slavonic Papers

“A rich source of geographical and historical facts pertaining to the attempts at development and the provisionment of the Okhotsk Seaboard and the Kamchatka Peninsula.”—Andrew D. Perejda, The Professional Geographer

James R. Gibson
is professor emeritus of geography at York University. He is author of Otter Skins, Boston Ships, and China Goods: The Maritime Fur Trade of the Northwest Coast, 1785–1841 and The Lifeline of the Oregon Country: The Fraser-Columbia Brigade System, 1811–47.

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First Paperback Edition
November 2011

LC: 79-081319 HD
358 pp. 6 x 9 10 illus.

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ISBN 978-0-299-05234-8
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