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Romanova V. V.

Dear reader!

        We offer you a special issue dedicated to the history of the Russian Far East in the period between the two wars - the Russian Civil War and the Second World War. The development of the region in these years was difficult and controversial, insufficiently researched by modern Russian historiography. Let me remind the readers that in its framework there are two different stages in the aims and strategies of state policy. The 1920s was the time of establishing the Soviet regime, creating relevant institutions, and developing plans for socio-economic and cultural development in the eastern parts of the country. However, the end of this decade is characterized by deterioration in the foreign environment. Growing tensions in relations with China, and the coming to power of supporters of expansionist policy in Japan caused a number of armed border conflicts. These circumstances as well as the course of building socialism in one country in a capitalist environment faced the government of the country with the necessity not only to develop the Far East economically, but to establish a powerful military-industrial potential in this region. The efforts of both central and local authorities were aimed at solving this complicated task. The methods and costs of achieving this goal are well-known today. We also know what role the military complex established here by the end of the 1930s played in World War II against Nazi Germany and its allies, including Japan.

        Articles presented in this issue reflect the research of historians of the Khabarovsk school such as Doctor of Science (History), Honored Worker of Science, Professor N. Dubinina, Doctor of Science (History), Professor Y. Pickalov, young scientists and those who are just taking the first steps in science. However, all the work seems to be distinguished by fresh historical subjects, new archival materials and a solid data base, with well-grounded conclusions. They are arranged in chronological order and deal with different aspects of the designated themes. Many of the published materials are fragments of ongoing research, which will contribute to the historiography.

        We hope that the materials in this issue will arouse the interest of readers.

V.V. Romanova, Doctor of Science (History), Professor

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