Harbin in comparative perspective

Mark Gamsa*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

7 Scopus citations


This article argues that historians have largely neglected the dimension of Chinese-Russian interaction, which was central to the development of Harbin from the emergence of this city in 1898 as an outpost of imperial Russia in Manchuria (north-east China). It goes on to propose a new approach to Harbin history, which, integrating its Russian and Chinese histories during the period prior to the Japanese occupation of Manchuria in 1932, would also place it in a wider comparative context. This comparative approach is illustrated in the article by a consideration of the issue of ethnically segregated living quarters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-149
Number of pages14
JournalUrban History
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 2010


Dive into the research topics of 'Harbin in comparative perspective'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this