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Russian Military Intelligence on Asia Online:
Secret Prints, 1883-1914


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Russian Military Intelligence on Asia: Secret Prints, 1883-1914

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This collection is unique in its breadth and accessibility and includes data on political, economic and military issues. It contains:

- Reports of military attachés and secret agents

- Regularly correspondence with the General Staff (Military Headquarter)

- Political reports, diaries and summaries produced in diplomatic posts

- Travel accounts (to China, Tibet, Ottoman Empire for military purposes)

- Translation of the most important works of foreign travelers

- Circulation was c. 100-150 copies

All the works were classified Secret, Confidential or For Official Use.

Secret Prints, 1883-1914

One of the most remarkable pre-revolutionary Orientological publications is the little-known, classified "Collection of Geographical, Topographical and Geographical Materials on Asia" (Sbornik geograficheskikh, topograficheskikh i statisticheskikh materialov po Azii). Issued by the Russian General Staff between 1883 and 1914 in 87 thick volumes and 9 supplements (averaging about 300 pages each), the journal's purpose was to disseminate to senior tsarist military commanders important scholarship about the continent written by Russian and Western explorers, officers, and academics.

The bulk of the Secret Prints consists of first-hand accounts composed by contemporary travellers to lesser-known reaches of Asia. Most were Russian army officers, many of whom had extensive training in geography and related disciplines. Among the more illustrious authors are Nikolai Przhevalskii, Aleksei Kuropatkin, Nikolai Ermolov, Gustav Mannerheim, Lavr Kornilov, and Andrei Snesarev. Other articles range from attaché and diplomatic dispatches to histories of tsarist plans for the invasion of India, the siege of Herat, and European campaigns against China. Together, they comprise a unique and largely untapped source for 19th-century Asia.


Because the collection was classified as either "Secret" or "For Internal Use Only," and was published in only a small print run, there are no complete collections available abroad, and even the holdings of Russia's leading libraries are often wanting. IDC's Military Intelligence Collection therefore makes available for the first time this valuable resource to the scholarly community worldwide.

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