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KOSTENKO, Lev Feofilovich.
Sredniyaya Azia I vodvorenie v nei russkoy grazhdanstvennosti [Central Asia and the establishment of Russian rule]
St Petersburg: Bezobrazov,, 1870. Russian Great Game geographical handbook Octavo (210 x 145 mm). Contemporary brown grained sheep, pale brown boards, title gitl direct to the spine. Large folding 1:4,200,000 map with outline colour at the rear, covers the region from Slightly rubbed, the spine skilfully restored, light foxing and browning throughout, map browned and with some splits professionally repaired verso, overall very good. First edition. Extremely uncommon, just 4 locations on WorldCat. The first publication of Gen. Lev Feofilovich Kostenko (1841-1891) who was appointed as deputy director of the Turkestan General Staff in Samarkand in 1867, just a year before Bokhara finally accepted protectorate status, He complied the present regional review from information gathered at that time. The contents include geographical, ethnographical, mineralogical and industrial surveys, a study of the development of the railway system, an outline of Russian policy, and a projection of prospects for the region in the immediate future. Kostenko was "a long-standing advocate of annexation Â… a leading proponent of Russia's civilising mission in Asia" (Becker, Russia's Protectorates in Central Asia: Bukhara and Khiva, 1865-1924, p.149). In 1870 Kostenko lead a mission to persuade the emir of Bokhara, Muzaffar ad-Din, to support the Russian expedition against Khiva, a vital campaign for the final pacification of the region. Despite the presence of an Afghan embassy accompanied by 12,000 troops, he was successful in securing the emir's support making possible von Kaufman's success … [Click Below for Full Description]
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