Images of Imperial Russia

URSS-Russian_aviation_red_star.svg_Welcome to the first weekly digest! We’ve had a few bumps (and the WordPress Widget gods are on strike as I type this), but our first edition is ready to go. The photographs from the Prokudin-Gorskii collection prompted a series of wide-ranging and insightful posts dealing with Imperial Russian society between the Great Reforms and the turn of the century. Economic modernization — as seen through the experience of the emancipated peasantry, the construction of the Trans-Siberian railway, and the pressure to industrialize — provided the theme of many of the posts.  But religion, ethnicity and tea drinking received their due as well. The five posts in the slider all received a “red star” rating by the editorial team.  The first occupants of the “Comrades’ Corner” are A Band-Aid That Didn’t Stick and  The Half-Measured Emancipation.

The comments were terrific, and we decided to designate a couple of them as the “student-choice” award winners this week. (From now on the class will select a post for this prime spot on the weekly edition.) The motherblog for the motherland is a big project but we have big ambitions.  Congratulations on making this first week so rewarding.  Вперед! (onward)

A. Nelson

I am a historian of Russia with expertise in cultural history and emerging interests in animal studies and environmental history. My current research projects include studies of the Soviet space dogs, the significance of the Belyaev fox domestication project, and the cultural implications of domestication, particularly in Eurasia. 

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