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(1914) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Arthur G. Chater - Tema: Russia
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CHAPTER XVI
RUSSIA IN THE EAST. THE YELLOW QUESTION
Russia’s great task in the East : Altered situation in recent
years : Seriousness and significance of the situation : Position
of the Russian domination in the East : Her long line of com
munications : Colonization : Immigration and population :
Difficulties : Immigration of the yellow race : Koreans, Chinese
(Manses), Japanese : The yellow peril : Indispensability of the
yellow race : Hostile feeling among the Chinese : Serious
outlook
IT is impossible to travel through the great tracts
that still lic uncultivated, or in any case, little
cultivated, in these eastern Russian provinces on
the Pacific, without being struck by the gigantic task
with which Russia is here confronted in the develop
ment of these countries, in order to strengthen her
power in the East, and thereby to create a secure
bulwark for herself and for European civilization
against the advance of the yellow race. It is a problem
the solution of which is of importance to the whole of
Europe. Its importance however was perhaps not
clearly realized by anyone before 1904. The general
opinion was that Russia’s undisputed position in the
East was not threatened in any quarter, and that she
was free to make her own dispositions there. The
whole of Manchuria was already half Russian, and
Korea was under Russian influence.
But then came the war with its great and unpleasant
surprises, when Russia discovered that she had entirely
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