Siberia A Cultural History

ISBN-10: 0199754187

ISBN-13: 9780199754182

Edition: 2010

Authors: A. J. Haywood

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Before Russians crossed the Urals Mountains in the sixteenth century to settle their " in North Asia, they heard rumors about bountiful fur, of bizarre people without eyes who ate by shrugging their shoulders and of a land where trees exploded from cold. This region of frozen tundra, endless forest, and humming steppe between the Urals and the Pacific Ocean was a vast, strange, and frightening paradise. It was Siberia.Siberia is a cradle of civilizations, the birthplace of ancient Turkic empires and home to the cultures of indigenes, including peoples whose ancestors migrated to the Americas. It was a promised land to which bonded peasants could flee their cruel masters, yet also a snow-covered " across which exiles shuffled in felt shoes and chains. In Stalin's era, Siberia became synonymous with the gulag; today, it is a vast region of bustling metropolises and magnificentlandscapes: a place where the humdrum, the beautiful, and the bizarre ignite the imagination. Tracing the historical contours of Siberia, A. J. Haywood offers a detailed account of the architectural and cultural landmarks of cities such as Irkutsk, Tobolsk, Barnaul, and Novosibirsk.MAGNIFICENT RIVERS AND LAKES: Lake Baikal, the Ob, Irtysh, Yenisey, Angara, Lena and Amur rivers. Writer Anton Chekhov described some, polar explorer Fridtjof Nansen and the eccentric British merchant captain Joseph Wiggins navigated others.THE CITIES AND THE RAILWAY: High fashion and low life, traffic-choked streets, and chimney stacks. Siberia's cities bring a madding crowd far into the remote taiga-linked by the Trans-Siberian Railway, the nineteenth-century "MYSTICS, MOUNTAINS AND ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONSNikolay Rerikh sought the mystical kingdom of Shambhala here, Russian writer Valentin Rasputin was confused by its beauty, while local Altaians themselves see their republic of mountains and steppe as a Central Asian heaven on earth.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.10" wide x 5.40" long x 0.90" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Preface & Acknowledgements
Introduction Heaven and Hell
Landscape of Extremes
The Humdrum and the Bizarre
Cradle of Civilizations
Bronze-Age Cultures
The Scyths
Turkic and Mongol States
The Khanate of Sibir
Indigenes before Russian Colonization
Yermak's Conquest
A Frontier Beyond: The Urals and Yekaterinburg
Travel on the Sibirsky Trakt
Beyond the Watershed of Imagination
Stroganovs, Demidovs and the Industrial Heritage of Nevyansk
Yekaterinburg: Minerals and Mining
A Walk through Yekaterinburg
The Romanov Murders and Church-on-Blood
From Voznesenskaya Gorka to the Opera
Tyumen: Dallas in Siberia
From Fortress to Metropolis
Holy Trinity Monastery: Missionaries and Indigenous Colonization
Towards Historical Square and Central Square
Rasputin: The Mystic from Pokrovskoe
Tobolsk: From �Sodom in the Taiga� to a Cultural Heartland
The Kremlin Complex
Banishing the Bell
Siberian Administration
Outside the Kremlin: Decembrists and Dostoevsky
The Lower Town
Abalak and the �Pious Work�
To the Frozen Ocean and Stalin's Railway of Death
Khanty-Mansiysk: Boom Town
Berezovo and Salekhard
The Railway of Death
Omsk and the Baraba Steppe
Revolution and Civil War
Exploring Omsk
The Baraba Steppe
Over the Top: The Northern Sea Route
Exploring Siberia's Seas
The Second Kamchatka Expedition
Nordenskj�ld's Expeditions
Joseph Wiggins and Helen Peel
Nansen and the Drifters
Novosibirsk and the Trans-Siberian Railway
Building Russia's Railway
Novosibirsk: Bridge over the Ob
Around Novosibirsk
The Mammoths of Akademgorodok
The Altai Region and Republic: Mystics, Mountains and Nomads
Barnaul and the Altai
Industrial Heritage
Prospekt Lenina: Urban Archaeology
The Altai Republic: Spiritual Landscape
Altai Nationalism
The Katun River and Mount Belukha
The Yenisey River: From Steppes to the Frozen Tundra
Khoomei: Throat Singing and Cultural Identity
The Tuvans and their Burial Complexes
The Yenisey River North
Khakassia and the Steppe Cultures
North to the Arctic
Yeniseysk: Churches and Fairs
Turukhansk: Saints and Exiles
Irkutsk: The �Paris of Siberia�
Foreign Visitors
Central Irkutsk: Monuments, Museums and Monasteries
Remembering the Decembrists
Lake Baikal: Siberia's Sacred Sea
The World's Largest Freshwater Lake
Irkutsk to Listvyanka
The Circumbaikal Railway
Olkhon Island: Where Spirits and Cultures Meet
The Archipelago of Exile: Magadan
House of the Dead
The Gulags
Company Town
Further Reading
Index of Historical & Literary, Names
Index of Places & Landmarks
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