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The Kurillian KnotA History of Japanese-Russian Border Negotiations$
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Hiroshi Kimura

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758352

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758352.001.0001

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Waking Up to the Concept of National Borders

Waking Up to the Concept of National Borders

(p.1) Chapter 1 Waking Up to the Concept of National Borders
The Kurillian Knot
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This chapter discusses the importance of national borders. The Kuriles are drawn not as an Archipelago but as one entity. The roots of Russian colonial expansion are then addressed. The attacks on Sakhalin and the Kuriles by Nikolai Khvostov and Gavriil Davydov significantly affected Japanand alerted it to the need to defend its northern frontiers. A number of years passed before Japan had the opportunity to exact retribution for Khvostov's and Davydov's attacks. In 1811, when Vasilii Golovnin came ashore on Kunashiri, as though stepping into a trap he was seized by clansmen of the Nanbu garrison. After his return to Russia, Golovnin's work, Memoirs of Vasilii Mikhailovich Golovnin, who was prisoner of the Japanese in 1811, 1812, 1813, became a bestseller and represents a classic ethnographic study of the Japanese people. The Golovnin incident became very important.

Keywords:   national borders, Kuriles, Russian colonial expansion, Sakhalin, Nikolai Khvostov, Gavriil Davydov, Vasilii Golovnin

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