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The Imperiia Project: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

Residents of the 'Ruler in the East'

One resident of Vladivostok who provided an account of the city was Eleanor Pray.  Pray and her husband were Americans who moved to Vladivostok in 1894. Over the course almost three decades, Pray wrote over 2,000 letters to friends and female detailing life in Vladivostok. Her writing, and more specifically the compilation of her letters titled Letters from Vladivostok, 1894-1930, is the most prominent English-language source on the city. Through her, the 1905 revolts, the Russo-Japanese War, World War I, and the Soviet Revolution are all given through the unique narration of an American foreigner.

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