Category: Motherblog Central

Camels, and Railroads, and Bears….

Russian Peasant girls holding berries

Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ, “Krestʹi︠a︡nskīi︠a︡ Di︠e︡vushki. [Rossiĭskai︠a︡ Imperii︠a︡],” still image, 1909,

Oh my! Well, not bears….Even though bears are something traditionally associated with Imperial Russia (as are the peasant girls captured in this evocative photograph by Prokudin-Gorskii), this first set of posts took us all over the empire – from the Caucasus to Siberia  and many points in between. Please dive into this rich exploration of the Russian Empire in a time of great social and economic change.

First Blog Post Guidelines -The Empire That Was Russia

Georgian Woman from Prokudin-Gorskii collection

“Georgian Woman – World Digital Library,” accessed January 17, 2020,

For your first blog post, please select a photograph from this online exhibit at the Library of Congress and analyze it in the context of social and economic change in late Imperial Russia.

A photograph such as this one, for example, might lead you to explore the religious, ethnic and economic diversity of this vast country. Looking forward to our discussions over the next couple of weeks, you should think about how the combination of economic modernization and the autocracy’s resistance to political change would inform developments leading up to the fall of the Romanov dynasty and the rise of the Bolsheviks in 1917.