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

Ryan Tucker Jones


Empire of Extinction examines the causes and consequences of environmental catastrophe resulting from Russia’s imperial expansion into the North Pacific. Gathering a host of Siberian and Alaskan native peoples, including the Aleuts, from the early 1700s until 1867, the Russian Empire organized a rapacious hunt for fur seals, sea otters, and other fur-bearing animals. The animals declined precipitously and Steller’s sea cow went entirely extinct. This destruction, which took place in one of the most hotly contested imperial arenas of the time, also drew the attention of natural historians, w ... More

Keywords: extinction, Russian Empire, Aleuts, sea otters, Steller’s sea cow, Kamchatka

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199343416
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199343416.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan Tucker Jones, author
Idaho State University