Tag Archive for industrialization

The Only Way is to Subway

During the 1930′s Russia’s population as a whole grew significantly and cities began to swell with people. Specifically the city of Moscow grew to hold approximately 7 million people by the year 1930. Two engineers, P.I. Balinsky and E.K.Knorre, back in 1902 saw that Russia was going through a massive industrialization change and pitched the […]

Moscow Metro

The Moscow metro signified one of the first and greatest public work projects undertaken by the Stalin in Soviet Russia, completed in 1935. Currently the Metro has 12 lines, 195 stations and services over 6 million riders a day. The metro began operation on May 15th, 1935 and opened as a monument to Soviet working […]

Rockin’ Shock Workers

"We will produce above and beyond the plan! Bread. Fuel. Metal."

1929 was an important year in Russia. In fact, it was known as the “Year of Great Change,” which was the title of an article by Stalin written to commemorate the twelfth anniversary of the October Manifesto. This article helped … Continue reading

Hay harvesting

 This photo depicts farm workers harvesting their hay fields. According to the Library of Congress’ Prokudin-Gorskii Photographic Record, the location of the photo is unknown but is likely close to Cherepovets in north central Russia. Farmers and farm workers like the ones pictured … Continue reading

The Half-Measured Emancipation

the picture above offers a glimpse into the lives of Russian peasants towards the end of the 19th century. The picture makes it clear that although the Russian serfs were emancipated in 1861, they remained second-class citizens for decades after. … Continue reading

The Bashkir Switchman and the Trans-Siberian Railway

The Trans-Siberian Railway, picture above, was a massive industrial project undertaken during the end of the 19th Century and completed in the early 20th Century. When first announced, I am sure the first problem that came to mind was the vast expanse the railway would cover. Russia was and remains the largest country in the(…)

Transportation and Industrialization

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/prk2000002466/   The photo captioned, “Trans-Siberian Railway metal truss bridge on stone piers, over the Kama River near Perm, Ural Mountains Region” included in the Prokudin-Gorskiĭ collection, gives a look into the longest rail line in the world. The picture … Continue reading

Big Country, Not Enough Guns

When I first looked at this photo, all I saw was a family of Russians from Zlatoust, near the Ural Mountains. After reading the caption next to the picture and seeing the what this family’s job in the Russian society was, it became evident to me that that these three people were much more than […]

Drinking Tea-Russian Style

While the rest of Europe was working through the famous Industrial Revolution, Russia continued to work in more crude forms of agricultural techniques. After the failure of the Crimean War, Russia’s regime received a wake-up call and attempted to industrialize … Continue reading

Russia’s Industrialization

The photograph above, “Factory Interior with Electrical Generators” is from the  Prokudin-Gorskii collection taken on the Murghab River circa 1910. These generators were imported from Hungary, which helps to give one an idea about Russia’s industrialization capacity in the early 1900′s. Before the Crimean war, Russia had a very weak economy with little industrialization compared […]