Translation of 'Obzor russkikh Kolonii v severnoi Amerike' published in 'Morskoi Sbornik, izdavaeonyi pod nobliudeniem morskago uchenago Komiteta', tom LVII, no. 2, 1862. Official account of Russian America in 1861, on the eve of Russia's withdrawal from her American colonies.
Dutch Sailmaker and sailor Jan Struys' (c.1629-c.1694) account of his various overseas travels became a bestseller after its first publication in Amsterdam in 1676, and was later translated into English, French, German and Russian. This new book depicts the story of its author's life as well as the first singular analysis of the Struys text.
This book combines social and institutional histories of Russia, focusing on the secret police and their evolving relationship with the peasantry. Based on an analysis of Cheka/OGPU reports, it argues that the police did not initially respond to peasant resistance to Bolshevik demands simply with the gun—rather, they listened to peasant voices.