Russian Expansion on the Amur 1848-1860 the Push to the Pacific

Author: Evans, John
This study describes the Russian expansion on the Pacific Ocean and especially the occupation of the Amur River Valley in the mid 19th century. It also describes the terrible weakness of China which allowed Russia to gain free access to part of Siberia. It describes Russian diplomatic activity on the part of General Ignatiev and Count Amurskii, the Governor of Eastern Siberia, which helped to assure the success of the Russian expansion by 1860.


"Evans' tale is one of Russian imperialism and forward policy. It is one of grand success, the like of which the Russian empire but rarely enjoyed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries." - Prof. Clifford M. Foust, University of Maryland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

1.Background of Russian Expansion Eastward

2.Early Career of Governor-General Muraviev-Amurskii

3.Long Range Plans of Muraviev-Amurskii in Siberia

4.Nevelskoi and the Discovery of the Amur Delta

5.Sakhalin Island, Japanese or Russian?

6.Effects of the Crimean War in the Far East (1853-1856)

7.China and the West, 1842-1860

8.The Taiping Rebellion and the Weakening of China

9.Russian Annexation of the Amur and the Treaty of Aigun

10.The Treaty of Tientsin, 1858

11.Ignatiev's Failure in Peking, June 1859- June 1860

12.Ignatiev's Success: the Treaty of Peking, October 1860


Appendices: Treaty of Nerchinsk (1689); Treaty of Kiakhta (1727); Supplement to the Treaty of Kiakhta (1768); Treaty of Aigun (May 188); Treaty of Tientsin (June 1858); Treaty of Peking (1860)

Maps, Bibliography, Index