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Mirrorlands: Russia, China, and Journeys in Between

Ed Pulford



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C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
01 June 2019
Social & cultural anthropology; Travel & holiday; Classic travel writing
'Mirrorlands' is a journey through space and time to the meeting points of Russia and China, the world's largest and most populous countries. Charting an unconventional course southeast through Siberia, Inner Mongolia, the Russian Far East and Manchuria, anthropologist and linguist Ed Pulford sketches a rich series of encounters with people and places unknown not only to outsiders, but also to most residents of the capital cities where his journey begins and ends.

What Russia and China have in common goes much deeper than their status as authoritarian post-socialist states or perceived menaces to Western hegemony. Their shared history can only fully be appreciated from an intimately local, borderland perspective. Along remote roads, rivers and railways, in cosmopolitan cities and indigenous villages of the northeast Asian frontiers, Pulford maps the strikingly similar ways in which these two vast empires have ruled their Eurasian domains, before, during and after socialism.

With great cultural nuance, 'Mirrorlands' thoughtfully evokes the diverse daily interactions between residents of the Russia-China borderlands, and their resulting visions of 'Europe' and 'Asia'. It is a vivid portrait of centuries of cross-border encounter, mimicry and conflict, key to understanding the global place and identity of two leading world powers.
By:   Ed Pulford
Imprint:   C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm, 
ISBN:   9781787381384
ISBN 10:   1787381382
Pages:   360
Publication Date:   01 June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ed Pulford is a Cambridge-trained linguist and social anthropologist who has spent several years working, studying and travelling throughout China, the Russian Far East, the Koreas and Japan. He speaks Chinese and Russian, and currently works as a researcher at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Centre at Hokkaido University.

Reviews for Mirrorlands: Russia, China, and Journeys in Between

'As sparkling as it is informative, Ed Pulford's wonderful book shines a rare light on the borderlands of the Far East between Russia and China.' -- Peter Frankopan, author of 'The Silk Roads' 'A journey into the dizzying interaction between Russia and China--from street market traders to high politics--each illuminating the other. A must-read to understand and enjoy the dynamic between two vast powers.' -- Peter Pomerantsev, author of 'Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible'

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