Week 1 Posts

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii

Hey everyone, I’d like to start off by introducing myself.  My name is Casey Pietsch; I am a History major and a senior this year.  Good luck to everyone in this class and I look forward to learning more about Russia throughout this semester! I decided to write my first official blog post on the […]

Transportation during war

  Hello and welcome to my first ever blog! I am Matt and I’m effectively a junior but this is my first year at Virginia Tech. I’m an International Exchange student from London, here to study for one year. My major is History and I chose African American Studies for my minor. Being that I […]

Turkmen Camel Driver from the Prokudin-Gorskii Collection

  “Wearing traditional dress and headgear, a Turkmen camel driver poses with his camel, laden with what is most likely grain or cotton. Camel caravans remained the most common means of transporting food, raw materials, and manufactured goods in Central Asia well into the railroad era.” Trade between Russia and China flourished along the silk […]

Agriculture and The Peasantry of Imperial Russia

    This photograph from the Prokudin-Gorskii collection shows a large agricultural area in the Russian countryside. Farms of all types could be found throughout the vast Russian Empire, where peasant workers toiled for their livelihoods. The peasantry made up the vast majority of the Russian population, being at the lowest level of the feudal […]

Kharitonov’s House Yekaterinburg, Russia

Image: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/prok/item/prk2000000588/ The Kharitonov house is located in the Urals of Russia.  The house was built by Lev Rastorguyev in 1794, one of the wealthiest merchants in the region at the time.  Rastorguyev associated with the Old Believers of Russia, which are a group of Russian Orthodox Christians that separated from the main Russian Orthodox […]

The Village of Kolchedan

The photograph I have chosen is of a village in Russia by the name of Kolchedan . One might wonder the significance of such a picture to someone so important as the ruler of a country. The Reasoning behind this photo, as far as I have learned, is to give an example of the average […]