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Mongolia-Russia Relations (Kiakhta to Vladivostok)

Sharad K Soni (Author)
Synopsis Sandwiched between Russia and China, Mongolia has the distinction of sharing the largest chain of frontiers between these two powerful neighbours. Mongolia’s geo-strategic and landlocked position attracted both the Tsarist/Soviet Russia and China to influence the socio-economic and political history as well as international relations of Mongolia. Finally it was the Treaty of Kiakhta (1728) which fixed the Russo-Mongolian (then part of China) frontier. However, the whole span of nineteenth century saw Russians strengthening their position in Mongolia. With the Tsarist Russian support Mongolia declared its independence from China in 1911 and later with Soviet Russia's support established the Mongolian people's government in 1921. Since then Mongolia found itself totally dependent on the former Soviet Union on all fronts—political, military, economic and cultural domains. It was Gorbachev's Vladivostok initiative of 1986 that marked the beginning of a new era in Mongolia's contemporary political history. The book analyses not only the historical roots of Mongolia-Russia relations but examines in detail the extent and pattern of the whole gamut of their relations both during the Tsarist Russian as well as the Soviet period. While dealing with the rise of Pan-Mongolism the book throws fresh light on Tsarist Russian and Soviet diplomatic manoeuvres to prevent the emergence of a United Mongolia. The book also delves into the aftermath of the Vladivostok initiative, the emergence of new geo-political situation, its impact on Mongolia's domestic and foreign policies, and new trends in the Russo-Mongolian relations in the post-cold war era.
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About the author

Sharad K Soni

Dr. Sharad K Soni, Research Fellow at the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies (Kolkata) holds his M.Phil and Ph.D degree from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. For over 15 years now he has specialized in Mongolian Studies with particular focus on Mongolia's contemporary history and politics including foreign policy and its international relations. His research interests also include issues concerning Mongolia's two neighbouring areas, i.e., Tuva region of the Russian Federation (formerly known as Tannu Tuva) and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China. Dr. Soni who is currently Visiting Faculty, School of International Studies, Peking University, Beijing (China), has published several books, monographs and research papers dealing with Mongolia's domestic and international issues as well as its relations with Russia, China and Central Asia. His Major publications include Mongolia-Russia Relations: Kiakhta to Vladivostak, (Delhi, 2002); Mongolia-China Relations in Historical Perspective, 1691-1911; Mongolia between Russia and China: Emerging Equation; Mongolia between China and Russia: An Historical Overview; Reign of Terror in Mongolia, 1920-1990 (New Delhi, 1992) (Co-author). A recipient of ASIA Fellows Award (2005), Dr. Soni has participated and presented papers in various national and international seminars/conferences both in India and abroad including United States, Europe, China and Mongolia. Besides, he has been associated with the Himalayan Research and Cultural Foundation (New Delhi), Since its very inception in 1997 as its Assistant Editor.

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Title Mongolia-Russia Relations (Kiakhta to Vladivostok)
Author Sharad K Soni
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 817541104X
length 272p., Tables