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Studies on East Asia, Volume 16



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Managing Editor

Henry G. Schwarz


Center for East Asian Studies, Western Washington University


Reminiscences by Nicholas Poppe: The idea of writing down my reminiscences has come from my friends in the United States, Europe and Japan. Listening to some episodes of my life, such as my travels in Siberia and Mongolia and my activities in the Soviet Union and war-time Germany, they urged me to write everything down so that it could be read by people. I agree that this is a good idea, especially in view of the fact that 1 have met many interesting people and witnessed events not experienced by people outside places where these events took place. I am aware of the fact that I know some details of generally known events which are unknown to most persons and which are not found in the literature.

I finally agreed to record my reminiscences about people and events I witnessed or learned about from reliable sources. Of course, 1 had to inform the readers in brief about myself and my family. I have omitted details concerning life in our family, my everyday routine activities, birthday celebrations, and vacations. I have confined myself to the most essential. The result is a rather thin book, quite different from the multi-volume biographies of great celebrities in whose company I certainly do not belong.

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Resources made available by the Special Collections, Heritage Resources, and Western Libraries, Western Washington University,




Asian History | History


European history, Mongolia

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Subject-Names (LCNAF)

Poppe, N. N. (Nikolaĭ Nikolaevich), 1897-1991


Copyright 1983 the Center for East Asian Studies, Western Washington University






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