Harbin: Tov. gazetnykh rabotnikov Elektro-par. tip.-lit. T-va Bergut i Syn, 1907. Item #10
14 pp. 8vo.
Original printed wrappers. Clean copy with slightly tanned wrappers. Tears to the wrappers, a piece of the end cover is missing, very fragile edges. A good copy.
A rare, perhaps unique work focusing on relationships between The Chinese Eastern Railway Company and Harbin's population.
This is the history of the emergence of Russians in the north of China, associated with the construction and operation of the Chinese Eastern Railway. It is owing to the CER that the Russian city of Harbin was established in the late 19th century to house those who built and maintained the Railway, the construction of which began in 1897. In 1900, the Russian Empire (together with other countries) participated in suppressing the Boxer Rebellion and took advantage of the opportunity this afforded to occupy the north-eastern province of Dai Qing-Guo, thereby accruing additional benefits by their presence in the region. Later the Chinese and Russian governments held unsuccessful negotiations to settle the dispute, leading in 1903 to the creation of the Far East Viceroyalty to bring the matter to a conclusion. Russia's defeat in the war with Japan had an impact on the future prospects of the CER. According to the Treaty of Portsmouth (1905) a large part of the southern branch of the CER, which had fallen to the Japanese, was officially transferred to Japan. This put an end to the Russian government's plans to use the Railway to trade in the markets of the Asia-Pacific region.
This book narrates what became of the people and state in Harbin after 1907, in light of the Chinese Eastern Railway and the Treaty of Portsmouth. It examines with plentiful examples the position of Russian citizens in China, the rights and duties of the Chinese Eastern Railway Company and its legal footing, its critics, and other legal matters.