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288 pages, 6 x 9, 10 b&w illustrations

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2010

Natalia Shelikhova

Russian Oligarch of Alaska Commerce

by Black, Dawn Lea (ed. and trans.)

Petrov, Alexander Yu. (ed. and trans.)



This volume makes available for the first time in English a variety of primary source materials relating to the life and work of Natalia Shelikhova, a pioneering eighteenth and nineteenth-century Russian American businesswoman. As a principal of the Russian-American Company, Shelikhova worked in Alaska, and her business acumen and wide-ranging connections- including the empress of Russia and a swathe of northern leaders- were crucial to the growth of Alaska's economy, as well as to the welfare of the Native people, in whose life and culture she took a strong interest. The letters, petitions, and personal documents presented here will be indispensable for the students of Alaska and eighteenth nineteenth-century women's history.

Alexander Petrov is a historian at the Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He splits his time between Moscow and Vologda.

Dawn Lea Black is a former teacher and communications company owner who presently co-owns and manages a family estate in Kodiak, Alaska. She is an avid researcher of Russian American studies and holds a MA in history.

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