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Dear every body!

Can anyone help me about the following passage? The words in bold are intended:

Given the speed and extent of Russia's recent imperialistic expansion, in the perception of the time, “today's inner Orient” was “yesterday's outer Orient” and “today's outer Orient” could potentially become “Russia's inner Orient of tomorrow.”

It is from a book about imperialistic expansion of Russia nearly 120 years ago. The meaning of this passage is clear, but the role and meaning of the phrase "in the perception of the time" in it is ambiguous.

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  • The time here means "the historical period"
    – Colin Fine
    Commented Jan 17, 2020 at 17:37
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    Commented Jan 19, 2020 at 1:16

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It means, "as things were perceived in that time."

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