A Bird’s Eye View of Bukhara

https://www.wdl.org/en/item/5808/#q=stork&qla=en             This photograph, Айст «Этюд в Бухаре» or Stork “A Scene in Bukhara”, was taken by Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii in the year 1911, a time when the Russian Empire was…

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The Trans-Siberian Railway

Image Name:  Trans-Siberian Railway metal truss bridge on stone piers, over the Kama River near Perm, Ural Mountains Region This photograph was taken by Prokudin-Gorskii in the 1910’s.  Prokudin-Gorskii was…

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Comrade's Corner

Fishing for Change

Prokudin-Gorskii was born in 1863, and was educated as a chemist. He was fascinated with color photography, and worked along side a multitude of renown scientists, in order to advance color photographic technology. His goal was “to educate the schoolchildren of Russia with his ‘optical color projections’ of the vast and diverse history, culture, and … Continue reading Fishing for Change

Railroads: Industrializing and Expanding Eastwards

Globally, railways were the predominant way of expanding during the 19th century. Starting with the first transcontinental railroad built in America during the 1860s that helped “tame” the Wild West, the latter half of the 1800s saw a vast increase in the number of rail miles in the world. This change was prominent in Russia, … Continue reading Railroads: Industrializing and Expanding Eastwards

Russia’s Lifeline

This picture was taken by Russian photographer, Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii in September 1909. Prokudin-Gorskii made a considerable number of trips to the area surrounding the Ural Mountains. The Ural Mountains run approximately, from north to south through western Russia.¹ The Ural region is comprised of numerous amounts of resources, that contributed greatly to the mineral … Continue reading Russia’s Lifeline

Prokudin-Gorskii: Connecting a Continent and Willing it into Prosperity

If cities like Novgorod and Vladivostok, Moscow and (what is today) St. Petersburg make up the beating hearts of Russia, vast infrastructure projects make up its veins and arteries, carrying people and materials across and amidst the world’s largest continent. Easily the most notable of these, the Trans-Siberian Railway winds for nearly six thousand miles […]

Follow the tracks: The effects of industrialization and railroads on social and economic change.

Стрелочник башкир. The “Bashkir Switchman”. He works for hours on the railroad, participating in a seemingly mundane task, that marks a pivotal point for the history of Russian technological advancements and geographical changes. This image was photographed in the summer of 1910 by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin Gorskii as he traveled along the Samara- Zlatoust Railroad … Continue reading Follow the tracks: The effects of industrialization and railroads on social and economic change.

Transformation of the Industrial Revolution in Russia

Generally with Russia at the turn of the century, one would assume that it would be in the national interest to keep up with the industrial, economic, and political development of the rest of Europe. While factories and industrial development was rapidly expanding in the culturally central region of the Russian Empire, namely Moscow and … Continue reading Transformation of the Industrial Revolution in Russia

Complications Industrializing

Industrializing a nation is a difficult process that requires a complete rearrangement of domestic production, transportation of resources, and rapid urbanization. As the world progresses with new technologies and nations push the capabilities of factories, trade, and federal investment it is far too easy for competing states to fall behind the global economic curve. This … Continue reading Complications Industrializing

Zlatoust Station

When you think about American history, most people tend to think about the time of our major industrial revolution in the 19th century. The driving factor behind such innovation and mass production was our building of the railroads. This was also a major stepping stone in Europe that drove their industrial revolution. The picture above … Continue reading Zlatoust Station