Monthly Archives: August 2014

19th/20th Century Russian Ag.

The caption of this photo says it depicts monks planting potatoes in fields reclaimed from conifer forest.  This got me thinking about all the different times I had learned about clearing land for agricultural use, and for that matter all the different countries it takes place in.  This could spark a debate over many controversial […]

Transportation and Industrialization

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/prk2000002466/   The photo captioned, “Trans-Siberian Railway metal truss bridge on stone piers, over the Kama River near Perm, Ural Mountains Region” included in the Prokudin-Gorskiĭ collection, gives a look into the longest rail line in the world. The picture … Continue reading

From Zindan to Black Dolphin

This photo shows a zindan, a traditional Central Asian prison, with prisoners and a Russian guard. A zindan is “in essence a pit in the earth with a low structure built on top.” I chose this photo because one day over the summer I came home to my three siblings watching a Netflix documentary titled Russia’s Toughest Prisons. They […]

Agricultural Crisis

The emancipation of the serfdom left profound consequences in its wake. This post will, in particular, focus on the effects that the emancipation had wrought on Russia’s agricultural industry between the years of 1855 and 1890. To compound on this, … Continue reading

Big Country, Not Enough Guns

When I first looked at this photo, all I saw was a family of Russians from Zlatoust, near the Ural Mountains. After reading the caption next to the picture and seeing the what this family’s job in the Russian society was, it became evident to me that that these three people were much more than […]

Drinking Tea-Russian Style

While the rest of Europe was working through the famous Industrial Revolution, Russia continued to work in more crude forms of agricultural techniques. After the failure of the Crimean War, Russia’s regime received a wake-up call and attempted to industrialize … Continue reading

Russia’s Industrialization

The photograph above, “Factory Interior with Electrical Generators” is from the  Prokudin-Gorskii collection taken on the Murghab River circa 1910. These generators were imported from Hungary, which helps to give one an idea about Russia’s industrialization capacity in the early 1900′s. Before the Crimean war, Russia had a very weak economy with little industrialization compared […]