Kodiak Kreol: Communities of Empire in Early Russian America

Kodiak Kreol Communities of Empire in Early Russian America From the s to the s Kodiak Island the first capital of Imperial Russia s only overseas colony was inhabited by indigenous Alutiiq people and colonized by Russians Together they established

  • Title: Kodiak Kreol: Communities of Empire in Early Russian America
  • Author: Gwenn A. Miller
  • ISBN: 9780801446429
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the 1780s to the 1820s, Kodiak Island, the first capital of Imperial Russia s only overseas colony, was inhabited by indigenous Alutiiq people and colonized by Russians Together, they established an ethnically mixed kreol community Against the backdrop of the fur trade, the missionary work of the Russian Orthodox Church, and competition among Pacific colonial poweFrom the 1780s to the 1820s, Kodiak Island, the first capital of Imperial Russia s only overseas colony, was inhabited by indigenous Alutiiq people and colonized by Russians Together, they established an ethnically mixed kreol community Against the backdrop of the fur trade, the missionary work of the Russian Orthodox Church, and competition among Pacific colonial powers, Gwenn A Miller brings to light the social, political, and economic patterns of life in the settlement, making clear that Russia s modest colonial effort off the Alaskan coast fully depended on the assistance of Alutiiq people.In this context, Miller argues, the relationships that developed between Alutiiq women and Russian men were critical keys to the initial success of Russia s North Pacific venture Although Russia s Alaskan enterprise began some two centuries after other European powers Spain, England, Holland, and France started to colonize North America, many aspects of the contacts between Russians and Alutiiq people mirror earlier colonial episodes adaptation to alien environments, the discovery and exploitation of natural resources, complicated relations between indigenous peoples and colonizing Europeans, attempts by an imperial state to moderate those relations, and a web of Christianizing practices Russia s Pacific colony, however, was founded on the cusp of modernity at the intersection of earlier New World forms of colonization and the bureaucratic age of high empire Miller s attention to the coexisting intimacy and violence of human connections on Kodiak offers new insights into the nature of colonialism in a little known American outpost of European imperial power.

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    1. A fantastic look into the underdeveloped Russian colonial world. At the center of Russian and native Altuiiq encounters on Kodiak island (near present-day Alaska) are Altuiiq women. As they intermarried and forged cross-cultural bonds with Russian men, an wholly unique, and legally recognized, kreol population emerged. Miller does a lot with scant resources to craft a compelling narrative of the island that "was never wholly Russian nor Altuiiq."

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