Siberia and the Exile System (Vol 1 & 2) GEORGE KENNAN 1891 Czarist Russia Penal System Political Prisoners Revolutionaries Prisons Russian


Title: Siberia and the Exile System (Volume One & Two)

Author: George Kennan

Description: Two volumes. Ex-non-circulating-library. Half leather with marbled paper sides. Spines with raised bands and fine gilt tooling, read and green leather title blocks; call numbers in white paint. Corners worn; chip to tail of spine of Volume II. All edges marbled. Library bar-code stickers on front covers. Some ink stains on the rear cover of Volume I. Each volume has a pinhole library stamp on its frontispiece, title page, and one additional leaf. Nearly 200 illustrations and seven maps. V.1: xv, 409. V.2: x, 575 pages. 21.8 x 14.5 cm.

Extensively detailed account and observations of the Russian Empire's Siberian penal system as observed in 1885-1886 by the American explorer George Kennan (1845-1924). These prisons, labor camps, and mining camps were the home of both criminal convicts and the tsar's political prisoners, including revolutionary ''nihilists'' and Polish-insurgents. Between the years 1823 and 1887, Russia's Bureau of Exile Information recorded that a total of 772,979 persons had been sent to Siberia.

[Volume I]: I. From St. Petersburg to Perm. II. Across the Siberian Frontier. III. The Flowery Plains of Tobolsk. IV. The Tiumen Forwarding Prison. V. A Siberian Convict Barge. VI. First Impressions of Post Travel. VII. The Great Kirghis Steppe. VIII. Our First Meeting with Political Exiles. IX. Bridle Paths of the Altai. X. Two Colonies of Political Exiles. XI. Exile by Administrative Process. XII. The Province and Town of Tomsk. XIII. The Tomsk Forwarding Prison. XIV The Life of Political Exiles. XV. The Great Siberian Road. XVI. Deportation to Etape.

[Volume II]: I. Prisons and Exiles in Irkutsk. II. Under Police Surveillance. III. A Visit to the Selenginsk Lamasery. IV. A Ride Through the Trans-Baikal. V. The Convict Mines of Kara. VI. The Kara ''Free Command''. VII. State Criminals at Kara. VIII. The History of the Kara Political Prison. IX. The Silver Mines of Nerchinsk. X. Adventures in Eastern Siberia. XI. The Great Siberian Road in Winter. XII. Our Last Days in Siberia. XIII. The Character of Political Exiles. XIV. Evils and Projected Reforms. Appendices: A. List of Authorities Cited. B. The Russian Press Censorship. C. Revolutionary Documents. D. Laws and Orders of the Government with Regard to Political Offenses and Offenders. E. The Tomsk Forwarding Prison. F. Condition of Prisons. G. Reports of the Governor-General of Eastern Siberia to the Tsar. Complete Index.

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Good
Jacket Condition: None

Publisher: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co.
Place: London
Year: 1891

Keywords: katorga, Russian, Russia, Russian Empire, penal system, prisons, 19th century, nineteenth century, prisoners, political prisoners, exiles, Czarist, travel, revolutionaries, tsars, Alexander II, Alexander III, Tomsk, Irkutsk, Kara,

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