Russia's Frozen Frontier reveals the history of Siberia, one of the world's most isolated regions. This gripping account brings to life four hundred years of political exile, banishment, and interminable winters in order to portray — both thematically and chronologically — economic, geographic and cultural developments in this gigantic but little-know territory. The experiences of Siberia's indigenous and 'visiting' peoples are recounted, for the first time, from the point of view Siberians themselves — both Russian and native — rather than through the lens of Moscow or St Petersburg.
With a scope that reaches from Muscovy's conquest in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to modern times, the book explores the effects of colonial exploitation, the Revolutions of 1917 and developments during the Soviet period. Throughout, Alan Wood analyses the role of Siberia in both Russian and a global context.
Anyone interested in international relations, the postcolonial world, and the environment will find this book a fascinating read. Anyone planning a trip to the region should not leave home without it.