Perhaps the best way to describe this volume would be as a useful introduction to Yakhontov's "Russia and the Soviet Union in the Far East." The latter deals very largely with the recent phases of Russian policy, while Prince Lobanov's book is almost entirely historical, only the last two chapters being devoted to the period of the revolution, counter-revolution and Soviet policy. For the rest, the English-speaking world will welcome so compact and well-written an outline of Russian interests and policy in Asia from the conquest of Siberia onward, the more so as the author takes a very broad view of his subject, discussing Russian activity in Asiatic Turkey, Persia, the Indian frontier, Central Asia and Mongolia, as well as China. Curiously enough, however, Prince Lobanov, like General Yakhontov, seems to neglect a number of important and highly interesting recent Russian publications, and does not seem to be wholly abreast of the technical literature.
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