Abstract: Emergence and Re-Emergence of Siberia as a Transregional Economy, 1890-1914, 1990-2000

Eva-Maria Stolberg


My paper examines the similarities of Siberia's economic insertion into the East Asian-Pacific Rim, thereby comparing the crucial decades of the late Tsarist empire (1890-1914) with that of post-Soviet Russia (1990-2000). In contrast to other regions of the world, Siberia has been marginalized as a trade emporium in present historiography, political science and world economy. Since the 1890s' gradual industrialization and the increasing expansion of the world economy, Siberia, wedged between Mongolia, China, Japan, and North America, became a multifarious meeting ground for European/American and Asian peoples and cultures. Entrepreneurs from all over the world, including Chinese, Japanese, and Korean merchants contributed to the cosmopolitan flair of this frontier land. It was a development that had been interrupted by seventy years of Soviet Communismus and that had isolated Siberia from the East Asian-Pacific Rim, and nowadays the region experiences a gradual re-emergence.