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Janet M. Hartley is professor of international history at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
'In this excellent book, Janet M Hartley... elegantly captures the essence of a place of extremes by describing its people, both the settlers and the settled, the free and the unfree...Hartley's beautifully chosen and told compendium of life stories down the centuries illuminates a region where, today, Asiatic faces are as numerous as Slavic ones, and believers are as likely to be Buddhist or shamanic as Christian - a place that's still more full of human extremes than pretty much anywhere else, and all of them brought about by Russian rule.'-Vanora Bennett, The Sunday Times -- Vanora Bennett The Sunday Times 'In settling us there, Hartley gives us a history of Russia from the perspective that most immediately captures a foreigner's imagination.'-Tom Payne, The Daily Telegraph -- Tom Payne The Daily Telegraph 'In her masterful study of Siberia's people...Hartley's skill lies in her ability to make historical events vivid and accessible.'-Will Nicoll, The Spectator -- Will Nicoll The Spectator 'In this vivid, carefully researched and authoritative work, Janet Hartley blends overall survey with individual case studies - many drawn from local archives - to throw light on Siberia as a part of Russia, yet also as a distinct region with its own marked characteristics. It should become the standard work on its subject.' - Geoffrey Hosking, author of Russia and the Russians: From the Earliest Times to the Present -- Geoffrey Hosking "Hartley brings an established social historian's sensibilities, style, and scholarly approach to Siberian history. While she does a deal with major political developments, she does not attempt to tell the reader everything about Siberian history."-Helen Hundley, Wichita State University -- Helen Hundley The Russian Review