The Phenomenon of Harbin as a Polyphonic City

The Phenomenon of Harbin as a Polyphonic City

Maria V. Krotova
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The article attempts to study the features of Harbin, a city in Manchuria (northeastern China), which for several decades was considered a “Russian island” in China. Founded in 1898 in connection with the construction of the Chinese Eastern Railway, the city went through several stages in its development and experienced different influences. The main emphasis is placed on the symbolic meaning of Harbin, its polyphony, the problem of interaction of cultures, and the possibility of compromise and co-existence of different ideologies, national and social groups.

Maria V. Krotova
Doctor of  Historical Sciences, Professor
St. Petersburg State University of Economics, St Petersburg, Russia
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Harbin, Harbinites, Manchuria, China, Russian emigration, USSR, interaction of cultures, polyphony of the city
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Krotova, M. “Phenomenon of Harbin as a Polyphonic City.” Historia Provinciae – The journal of regional history, vol. 3, no. 2 (2019): 749–785, http://

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