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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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Black Ships from the North

Black Ships from the North

(p.19) Chapter 2 Black Ships from the North
The Kurillian Knot
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This chapter presents a description of the black ships from the north. Nikolai Khvostov's and Gavriil Davydov's raids and Vasilii Golovnin's incarceration highlighted the necessity to decide the border between Japan and Russia. Rear-Admiral Evfimii Putiatin was a leader of a delegation to China and Japan. An additional set of instructions from the tsar were handed to Putiatin, the content and impact of which are covered in detail. The Treaty of Shimoda is recalled for designating the four islands of the Northern Territories as Japanese territory. With the conclusion of the Treaty of Shimoda, official diplomatic relations between Russia and Japan could commence, but the issue of the border in Sakhalin remained vague and unresolved, and as such it was a cause for concern for both countries. Annexed Declaration confirmed the validity of the 1875 Treaty for the Exchange of Sakhalin for the Kurile Islands.

Keywords:   black ships, Japan, Russia, Evfimii Putiatin, Treaty of Shimoda, Northern Territories, Kurile Islands, Exchange of Sakhalin

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