Russian America (Alaska Geographic)

ISBN 13: 9781566610476

Russian America (Alaska Geographic)

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Alaska Geographic is an award-winning series that presents the people, places, and wonders of Alaska to the world. Over the past 30 years, Alaska Geographic has earned its reputation as the publication for those who love Alaska. The series boasts more than 100 books to date, featuring communities from Barrow to Ketchikan, animals from bears to dinosaurs, history from the Russian explorers to today, and natural phenomena from the aurora to glaciers. Written by leading experts in their fields, these books are illustrated throughout with world-class photography and include colorful maps for reference.

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From the earliest explorers who glimpsed both Asia and America from Bering Strait, to free-booting fur hunters, to the Alaska Purchase of 1867, which made the colony part of the United States for two cents an acre, Russian America tells the richly textured story of Alaska under the czar.

Leading Russian America scholars supply a text that is both accessible and thought-provoking in its examination of the history of trade, conflict, settlement and exploration of Russian America. Chapters on the Russian American Co.(the dominant commercial enterprise(Russian Orthodox Church, and the Alaska Purchase comprise the bulk of the book while informative sidebars on saints and politicians, icon painting and an illustrated timeline round-out this issue.

Alaska's patron saints, depicted by well-known artist Byron Birdsall, adorn the cover while inside, historical and contemporary images combine to offer readers a glimpse into America's past.

The Russians left more than a century ago yet their legacy continues. The Russian Orthodox Church, historic sites, Slavic placenames, survival of the Aleut, Alutiiq and Yupik languages, as well as cultural celebrations remind us of Russia's unique role in Alaska's history and in the expansion of American territory.

About the Author:

Dr. Lydia Black is a former professor of anthropology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is now retired and living in Kodiak where she is organizing the archives of the Russian Orthodox seminary.

Katherine Arndt, Ph.D., works as a researcher specializing in Russian American history at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Department of Anthropology.

Russian-American scholar, author and college instructor, the Rev. Michael J. Oleksa received his doctoral degree from the Orthodox Theological Faculty of Czechoslavakia. He is an archpriest at St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Anchorage.

A former associate editor of Alaska Geographic(r) Rosanne Pagano is now an associate professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

A leading authority on Russian America, Barbara Sweetland Smith has been curator of several exhibits on this subject, a project director for the Aleut Restitution Project, and is the author of A Sure Foundation: Aleut Churches in World War II.

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