Week 1 Posts

Education Reform Under Alexander II

  This image taken by famous Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii depicts a group of students in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.  Prokudin-Gorskii was particularly interested in recently acquired territories of the Russian Empire such as Turkestan (present-day Uzbekistan), which he visited on a number of occasions, including a trip in 1907 that focused on the ancient cities of […]

Location is Everything

  Russia is a massive country, with a majority of its population concentrated to the west of the Ural Mountain range. The United States can fit side by side two times and then some. This made it very difficult for industrialization and reform to take place in all parts of the country. The picture to(…)

The City of Tiflis

The colored picture shown above was taken, incredibly around 1910, by man named Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. Out of the hundreds of images Prokudin- Gorskii took during his journey around Russia between 1907 and 1915, I found this image to be one of the most intriguing due to the history behind the city. Located in Georgia the […]

Out with the Old, In with the New

Russia has always been a country that fascinated me. They are like that mysterious, leather jacket wearing, brooding person standing in the corner at a party. No matter what you learn about them, there always seems to be some secret that is just out a reach. This articulates my feelings about Russia perfectly. No matter […]

Prokudin-Gorskii: Metal Truss Railroad Bridge on Stone Piers

The image above is one of the many pictures taken by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, the photographer to Nicholas II,  Tsar of Russia. He  is most known for the work that he did creating color in his images. This particular image is titled  Metal Truss Railroad Bridge on Stone Piers and was taken between 1907 and 1915. It […]

The Cultural and Economic Shifts of Russia

Hi everyone!  My name is Ethan Lundquist and I am currently a senior at Virginia Tech majoring in history, as well as minoring in political science and geography.  This blog is centered around topics that appear in my 20th Century Russia class, and while I have never extensively studied Russia before this class, I hope […]

POWS on the Eastern Front

In 1914 the Archduke Franz Ferdinand,the heir to the Austrian-Hungarian throne, was assassinated along with his wife by Serbian rebels. The Serbs at the time had been campaigning for the independence of several provinces held by the Austrian Empire, but to no avail. This event set off a chain reaction which would encompass the World …Read the Rest

Austro-Hungarian POW’s

  My name is Cory Mitchell and this is my first blog post! I found this photo in an online exhibit of artist Sergei Mikhailovich Produkin-Gorskii. Produkin-Gorski’s work is extraordinary because he was among the first to produce color photographs. … Continue reading

The Church of St. Dmitrii

The Church of St. Dmitrii in the Russian town of Vladimir, east of Moscow, has such a great elegance and beauty about itself. The church also has a great bit of  mystery to it as well. It has carved white stone facades that have served as remarkable testimony to the anonymous medieval artisans that built […]