Sören Urbansky

Research Fellow

German Historical Institute Washington
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Biographical Summary

Sören Urbansky is a historian of Russia and China in the modern era, specializing in imperial and racial entanglements, emigration and the history of borders. Before he joined the GHI in 2018, he has taught Chinese and Russian history at the Universities of Munich and Freiburg and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Kolonialer Wettstreit: Russland, China, Japan und die Ostchinesische Eisenbahn (Frankfurt: Campus, 2008), An den Ufern des Amur: Die vergessene Welt zwischen China und Russland (Munich: C. H. Beck, 2021), and Beyond the Steppe Frontier: A History of the Sino-Russian Border(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020). To hear him discussing this book, listen to an interview from the New Books Network podcast series. Sören is currently embarking on a new project that examines anti-Chinese sentiments in a global perspective.

See all his publications on academia.edu.

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Main Areas of Interest

  • Russia, the Soviet Union and China (18th - 20th centuries)
  • Imperial entanglements in Northeast Asia
  • Chinese diaspora in the Pacific
  • Borders and Infrastructures
  • Sinophobia
  • Global, Transnational, and Micro History
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