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Author Owens, Kenneth N.,
Title Empire maker : Aleksandr Baranov and Russian colonial expansion into Alaska and Northern California / Kenneth N. Owens with Alexander Yu. Petrov.
Imprint Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2015]

Author Owens, Kenneth N.,
Series A Samuel and Althea Stroum Book
Samuel and Althea Stroum book.
Subject Baranov, Aleksandr Andreevich, 1745-1819.
Russians -- Alaska -- History.
Russians -- California, Northern -- History.
Alaska -- History -- To 1867.
California, Northern -- History.
Alt Name Petrov, A. IU. (Aleksandr IUrevich)
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 341 pages) : illustrations, maps
Note "A Samuel and Althea Stroum book."
Frontispiece portrait of Baranov in 1819.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 322-332) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents A man of the north -- Siberian merchant capitalist -- Moving to America -- Taking command -- Calamities and catastrophes -- The missionary monks and the chief manager -- Government men, monks, and the Alutiiq Rebellion -- The Russian-American Company -- The Sitka Sound War -- Beyond Alaska -- Averting disasters -- Closing the Baranov era.
Summary A native of northern Russia, Alexander Baranov was a middle-aged merchant trader with no prior experience in the fur trade when, in 1790, he arrived in North America to assume command over Russia's highly profitable sea otter business. With the title of chief manager, he strengthened his leadership role after the formation of the Russian American Company in 1799. An adventuresome, dynamic, and charismatic leader, he proved to be something of a commercial genius in Alaska, making huge profits for company partners and shareholders in Irkutsk and St. Petersburg while receiving scandalously little support from the homeland. Baranov receives long overdue attention in Kenneth Owens's Empire Maker, the first scholarly biography of Russian America's virtual imperial viceroy. His eventful life included shipwrecks, battles with Native forces, clashes with rival traders and Russian Orthodox missionaries, and an enduring marriage to a Kodiak Alutiiq woman with whom he had two children. In the process, the book reveals maritime Alaska and northern California during the Baranov era as fascinating cultural borderlands, where Russian, English, Spanish, and New England Yankee traders and indigenous peoples formed complex commercial, political, and domestic relationships that continue to influence these regions today. -- Provided by publisher.
ISBN 0295805838 (electronic bk.)
9780295805832 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 40025044428
OCLC # 927971707
Additional Format Print version: 9780295805832

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