Tag: religion

The Muslim East

For this week’s blog post I decided to focus on the question: what role did nationality and religion play in the formation of the Soviet State? I first checked out the subject essay by Lewis Siegelbaum, “The Muslim East” to see if I could get an overview of what was going on between the Soviet […]

Only Known as ‘Soviets’

A question that has come to mind after reading some of the aftermath effects of the Soviets coming into power, is was the revolution truly worth it and were the people ultimately happier with the Soviets than a tsar? Prior to Soviet power, Russia would have seen moderate changes with the succession of tsars, but […]

Overthrow of Orthodoxy

The revolutions of 1917 were an especially traumatizing time for the Russian Orthodox Church that was historically closely tied with the Autocracy.  During the reign of the Tsarist regime the Church had a monopoly on religion in the Russian Empire, as the state religion the Church did not have to worry about losing its power […]

Meaning behind Saint Basil’s Cathedral

This photo is the original architecture of Saint basil’s cathedral. It is a church located in Red Square in Moscow, Russia.  It was built from 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible. It was the city’s tallest building until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600.  History: St. Basil’s was built to commemorate […]

Rostov Veliky

Rostov Veliky is a town in the West of Russia along Lake Nero. The town is located Northeast of Moscow, and attracts tourist around the world with its ancient and lasting architecture. Such as the building below, a “very old stone building … Continue reading

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 […]

Religion in Late Imperial Russia

To understand Russia, one must first understand the the role of the Russian Orthodox Church, an institution that has remained ingrained in Russian culture for centuries. This religious denomination arose after the East-West schism which saw the Eastern churches break away from the Roman Catholic church nearly a thousand years ago. This branch of Christianity … Continue reading Religion in Late Imperial Russia

The Historic Town of Suzdal

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. View of Suzdal’ from the Kamenka River, 1912. Digital color rendering. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsc-04449 (58) http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/prk2000002416/ “View of Suzdal’ from the Kamenka River” is a photo of the town of Suzdal taken by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii in 1912. I was drawn to this photo not only because […]

“…A tower that reaches to the Heavens…”

Red brick dotted the horizon puncturing deep into the black clouds of industry. Horizons that had once been speckled with gold coated Christian Crucifixes, were now framed in brick and coal. The Party had found its titan, the factory. The mass industrialization of the Soviet Union and its cultural effects came about due to Stalin’s ambitious Five Year Plan. … Continue reading “…A tower that reaches to the Heavens…”