The Canadian Pacific Railway as a model for the Trans-Siberian Railway

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Author: J.L. Black 1
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  • 1 Carleton University
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In the debates surrounding the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway, the transcontinental Canadian Pacific Railway was used as a model. This article traces how eyewitness accounts of Canadian settlement patterns were used by Russian entrepreneurs to argue the case for the financing and organisation of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Given the tense international political climate at the end of the 19th century, the Trans-Siberian also became a focus for imperial rivalry. This article gives a good overview of comparative colonial enterprise in two great continental colonies.


Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies


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