By Paul Dukes

ISBN-10: 1472573803

ISBN-13: 9781472573803

The Urals are most sensible often called the boundary among Europe and Asia. A background of the Urals demonstrates the region's significance in its personal correct, as a crucible of Russia's defence specifically. within the first English-language ebook to discover the topic absolutely, Paul Dukes examines the region's contribution to the ability of the nation in tsarist, Soviet and post-Soviet instances, supplying a clean antidote to Moscow-centric interpretations of Russian heritage. The e-book contextualises newer classes with chapters at the prior years of the Urals and covers the main environmental in addition to fiscal, political and cultural themes.The ebook includes illustrations and maps, plus lists of books and internet sites, as aids to additional study and knowing of the topic. A historical past of the Urals is a crucial publication that gives new and important insights for all scholars of Russian heritage.

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In the same year, 1697, Nicolaas Witsen reported from Amsterdam that the iron ore sample sent to him was of high quality. With Peter’s return from the Great Embassy to the West, there were further decrees in 1698, 1699 and 1700 for sending ironmasters from Moscow, ordering the collection of timber for the construction of dams for water mills and the preparation of charcoal. 23 The number was soon to grow in the Middle Urals, especially in the region to the south of Verkhotur’e. In 1700, after war broke out against Sweden, which had developed its own iron industry in the seventeenth century, Russia’s predicament was made worse through the capture of its artillery at the battle of Narva in November.

Remezov, whose interests ranged widely. The Drawing Book (chertezhnaia kniga) of Siberia published in 1701 contains not only maps of towns and districts but also gives information about the native peoples. In other chronicles and sketch books, Remezov uses both Russian and Tatar sources including unique information on folklore, and throws light on the customs and belief, the way of life and the settlements of the Nentsy, Khanty-Mansi and Siberian Tatars. In 1715, at the order of the central government, work began on the compilation of maps of the Ural districts.

Among other proposals, he put forward a scheme for a decimal system of weights and measures. He was still busy with this assignment at the accession of the Empress Anna in 1730, four years before his return to the Urals. Tatishchev wrote one of the first histories of Russia, and many other works of a scholarly and scientific nature, including the first-ever publication on the mammoth. In his unfinished Russian Lexicon, there is an entry on Europe, which he deemed second among the four parts of the world to Asia in age and population, but beyond question predominant in natural resources, learning, strength and glory as well as in moderation of climate.

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