Tag: Imperial Russia

Rivers in the Russian Empire

In the early 20th century, rivers were a widely used method of transportation throughout the Russian Empire. This picture was taken along the Volga-Baltic waterway which became a popular route for resources to travel from the capital of St. Petersburg to the Volga River Basin in northwestern Russia. This portion of the Russian empire was,…

Rightfully Wronged: A Story of an Assassination

Alexander II was a remarkably different leader than what the Russia had ever seen before. He served as Emperor of Russia from March 1855 until his death in 1881. His time in office came during the climax of the Crimean War, a time where the country was in desperate need of exceptional guidance. He was seen as … Continue reading Rightfully Wronged: A Story of an Assassination

Samarkand: Home to Jewish Tradition

This 1911 photograph from the Prokudin-Gorskii collection captures a Jewish teacher instructing Jewish children in Samarkand. Beginning around 600 BC, the Silk Road connected Europe with Eastern Asia in order to establish a trade circuit. Samarkand, located in Uzbekistan, stood as a main stop in central Asia along the trade route, and in turn, adopted a… Continue reading Samarkand: Home to Jewish Tradition

The Empire that was Russia

The above photograph, taken in 1915, pictures the photographer, Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, and “two men in Cossak dress seated on the ground.” Prokudin-Gorskii was a Russian photographer famous for his depictions of railroads, waterways, bridges, and roads.  The Russian Imperial Ministry of Transportation hired Prokudin-Gorskii to photograph the construction of the Murmansk Railway during the First World War. … Continue reading The Empire that was Russia

Cathedral of the Nativity

This picture was taken in 1912 by the Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. The picture is of the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ, which is located in the town of Suzdal in Vladimir Oblast, Russia. The history in Suzdal dates back to 1024, making Suzdal one of the oldest Russian towns.  At one point […]

The Beginnings of a Sluice Dam, for the Russian Empire (By Lee Cole)

Image: Cementing the Foundation of a Sluice Dam In 1896, the beginnings of a sluice dam were laid out for the construction of the massive dam.  This dam was designed the help with the navigation of Volga river, which in turn helped with the bolstering of trade and transportation.  Trade along this river helped the … Continue reading The Beginnings of a Sluice Dam, for the Russian Empire (By Lee Cole)

The bleak state of the Russian Military before the Revolution

The Russian Empire was a state that always had need of a strong,  modernized, and disciplined military… which it rarely ever had. Throughout its history, Imperial Russia had to be constantly wary of its hostile neighbors to the West (Poland, Sweden, and Austria,) the South (the Ottoman Empire,) and eventually the East (Japan.) Unlike Britain, … Continue reading The bleak state of the Russian Military before the Revolution

The Significance of Russian Farmers

There are a few important aspects of this image, including the location and the significance of the peasants on the Russian Empire in the late 20th century. The image is of Russian peasants haying in the Volga-Baltic Waterway in 1909.  Located in Northern Russia, the Volga-Baltic Waterway links St. Petersburg, which is on the Baltic … Continue reading “The Significance of Russian Farmers”