The Soviet Far East: A Survey of Its Physical and Economic Geography

The Soviet Far East: A Survey of Its Physical and Economic Geography

The Soviet Far East: A Survey of Its Physical and Economic Geography

The Soviet Far East: A Survey of Its Physical and Economic Geography

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Having been occupied for several years with writing a comprehensive work on the geography of the Soviet Union, I have decided to finish one part of it now and to publish it in advance of the complete work. There were specific reasons for choosing the Far East for this purpose. It is well known that first Russia and now the Soviet Union have shifted the 'centre of gravity' of their political activities according to the circumstances of the period; sometimes it is to be found in Europe, where it is farthest to the west in relation to Russia as a whole, while at other times it will be found at the opposite end of this vast empire, which both the Russians and ourselves call the Far East. At present the latter is the case, and it is the Soviet-Russian Far Eastern territories which form the basis and starting point of political action. The main task of this book is to discuss these territories in relation to their geographical setting and their economic foundations.

The following work is based partly on personal knowledge acquired on my own journeys through the area, and partly on the intensive study of all available literature. I have not hesitated to discuss the whole of the Soviet-Russian Far East, although my personal knowledge is limited to only a part of this area. The decision to do this rested on the knowledge that even the best-known Russian geographers who have provided us with complete descriptions of Russia have known only part of the country from their own experience, and have had to rely at least partly on the descriptions and conclusions of other scholars, an observation which applies equally to this book. It must be mentioned that Soviet-Russian research has done much valuable work, and it is only to be regretted that the numerous important results of this research have not been made available to foreign science; this applies to some essential parts of geographic research and has particular force regarding the country's economy.

In its sub-title this work has been called a geographic and economic survey, and its intentions go no farther than this.

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