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Published: 10 July 2014

320 Pages | 36 illus.


ISBN: 9780199343416

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Empire of Extinction

Russians and the North Pacific's Strange Beasts of the Sea, 1741-1867

Ryan Tucker Jones

  • Shows that Russians were well aware of human causes of extinction before Lamarck's seminal publications.
  • Demonstrates that science had ambivalent results for the Russian empire, unlike the British and French imperial powers.
  • Narrates Russian implementation of effective conservation measures as early as 1802 based on assessments by natural historians, not just economic concerns.