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Comment on Drinking Tea-Russian Style by gracehemmingson

Another interesting connection is the evolution of a tea-drinking culture in industrializing nations because caffeine increases the productivity of workers. The tea “addiction” in Britain was one of the major effects of industrialization, but it also led to a big trade disparity between them and China since they were importing all of that tea. In that way, Russia was really acting to protect themselves by beginning to grow their own tea, which you did point out. Really great post! Continue reading

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Comment on A Game of Kings and Peasants by GPittard

I also really like the idea of comparing Czar Nicholas to Louis XVI. Nicholas was just the really wrong leader at the really wrong time. His lack of enthusiasm hurt the people of Russia greatly. He was put into a place that could have made Russia a tru… Continue reading

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Comment on How the W̶e̶s̶t̶ Steppes were won. by GPittard

I really think that the cossacks are awesome. Definitely not mainstream. The Cossacks basically said, “We hate everything the 20th Century has to offer; therefore, we will do everything different from everyone else. The coolest part is that they are still playing a vital part in the area. Many pictures have been taken with Cossacks during the Russian-Ukraine conflict. Continue reading

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Comment on War in Crimea, 19th Century Russia by afoutz

Your post does a great job of describing how even in an area like modern Ukraine there are many parties interested in the land and people living there. The defeat certainly was an eye opener to the Russians that they needed serious social political and economic improvements to their empire. I’ve always wondered if Russia would have gone through the revolutions that followed the Crimean War had they won the war. Would Russia had changed eventually, or would they have stayed an agrarian society to this day? Continue reading

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Comment on Drinking Tea-Russian Style by afoutz

I found this post to be very enlightening to a person who is completely ignorant about tea. You did a very good job of transitioning the article to the near reliance on other nations for tea to how Russia tried to industrialize and create their own tea. I was also surprised their was such extensive camel trade in northeastern Russia! To be honest I didn’t know camels were anywhere besides Africa and in the Middle East. Thanks for posting this, and ill be looking forward to your next posts. Continue reading

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Comment on War in Crimea, 19th Century Russia by zmartin

I liked how informative your post was. Before this I did not know that much about the Crimean War. I find it interesting how not any people pace an emphasis on wars that Russia has been involved in. It seems like they have fought many more wars and hav… Continue reading

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Comment on Serf’s Up! by zmartin

I find it to be impressive how long Russia had serfdom. I also find it even more impressive that during that long span of time that there really wasn’t and major opposition by the serfs or leaders. I liked your comparison to slavery and hadn’t thought about it in that way before. Another interesting point is how both slavery and serfdom were stopped at about the same time in history. Continue reading

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Comment on How the W̶e̶s̶t̶ Steppes were won. by zmartin

I liked how you were able to talk about both the photographer and the Cossacks since they were both in the picture. It seems as if was not in many of his own pictures. I know that the Cossacks have a large history and some very interesting stories, but… Continue reading

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Comment on The Half-Measured Emancipation by oliva2015

Great post. I think that this post really clearly and succinctly lays out the facts about how and why this emancipation was unable to save Russia and in many ways only made the situation worse. The pictures and references you used really gave the po… Continue reading

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Comment on A Band-aid that didn’t stick: Russian reform in the 1860s and 70s by snagy54

Really interesting post. I always knew that the ROC was an important part of Russian history, but I did not know that it caused so many problems for Russian society as a whole. I wonder if the problems with the ROC may have had something to do with why… Continue reading

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