A Guide to Russian History Resources on the Web
Published: August 24, 2014 (Issue # 1825)
Battles and revolutions, triumphs and defeats, charismatic leaders and a people accustomed to never-ending change. Russia's history is complex and endlessly fascinating.
Luckily you don't need to dig into dusty libraries to dive into Russia's past — there's a wealth of historical material to explore on the web.
From the first blurry photographs to military records, from cultural artifacts to film clips, here are seven resources to get you started. Some of them even let you take their material and use it on your blog.
1. The Russian National Library
It may sound like an obvious choice, but this is actually a rare thing on the Runet: An official website with a high-quality English version. You'll find gems like a lubok of mice burying a cat or the mouthwatering coronation menu of Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna. Leaving aside the website's dated design, browsing the 'Treasures' section alone should keep you occupied for a few hours.
2. British Pathé
Over 80,000 videos are freely available on the company's YouTube channel, and coverage of Russia and the Soviet Union accounts for a large segment of that number.
Since British Pathé used to be in the newsreel business, producing films on topical events to be shown in movie theaters, World War II features heavily — but so do scenes from everyday life and quirky off-beat stories.
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