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The Russian State Archive of the Navy continues to publish materials from its funds dedicated to the figures of the Russian Navy. As part of this work, the publication “Russian sailors in the Far East: the diary of the head of the squadron in the Chinese Sea, IF Likhachev. 1860-1861 “.

The diary of Rear Admiral I.F. Likhachev, which he kept while in command of the squadron in the Far East (from April 3, 1860 to November 30, 1861), is a valuable source for studying the history of the development of the Far East, international relations in this region , first of all, contacts between Russia and Japan in the first years after the conclusion of the Shimoda Treaty (1855) and the territorial delimitation of the Amur Territory between Russia and China according to the Aigun (1858) and Beijing (1860) treaties. It contains daily meteorological and astronomical observations carried out during the navigation of the ships of the squadron; information about the history and culture, flora and fauna, traditions and life of the inhabitants of China, Japan, Amur and Sakhalin.

The publication is supplied with historical and archaeographic prefaces and a scientific and reference apparatus, which consists of nominal, geographical, ship indexes, a dictionary of special terms and a list of abbreviations of points. A list of the main dates of life and work of I.F. Likhachev and a list of his main published works are included as appendices. The book is illustrated with portraits of naval and statesmen, species photographs, images of ships, maps, drawings and plans.

The publication of the diary of I.F. Likhachev was prepared by a team of authors: Doctor of Historical Sciences V.G. Smirnov (scientific editor), V.P. Tsiplenkin (responsible compiler), Ph.D. M.E. Malevinskaya, S.V. Terenina. Designed for a wide range of researchers studying the history of the Russian Navy, Russian foreign policy, its diplomatic, economic and cultural ties with other states in the middle of the 19th century.

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