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(1914) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Arthur G. Chater - Tema: Russia
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T the present time, when the thoughts of all
are centred on the early and critical phases
of the European struggle, it may seem a
hazardous enterprise to claim attention for a subject
which appears at first sight to have only a remote
connexion with that struggle ; but as Dr. Nansen’s
narrative gives the most recent account of the vast
Asiatic resources of our Ally, and of the attempt, by
opening up the Kara Sea route, to make those resources
available for the benefit of Western Europe, it will be
seen that the questions of which he treats may before
long become of direct interest to ourselves and our
Allies nearer home.
At a moment when the possibility of transporting
troops from the White Sea to the Western theatre of
war has been widely discussed, the whole question
of opening up the North of Russia and Siberia to
European trade, is of more than academic importance.
The country traversed by the Yenisei and its tribu
taries is a very fertile region, including wheat-lands
far greater in extent than the combined territory of
France and Germany. If these wheat-lands can be
made to yield their produce to Europe, they may
even prove a vital factor in the decision of the struggle
which is now absorbing the attention of the world.
For this reason, Dr. Nansen’s journey is of paramount
interest, not only as revealing the future possibilities

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