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By Paul Dukes

ISBN-10: 1472573803

ISBN-13: 9781472573803

The Urals are most sensible referred to as the boundary among Europe and Asia. A heritage of the Urals demonstrates the region's value in its personal correct, as a crucible of Russia's defence particularly. within the first English-language booklet to discover the topic totally, Paul Dukes examines the region's contribution to the facility of the nation in tsarist, Soviet and post-Soviet instances, providing a clean antidote to Moscow-centric interpretations of Russian historical past. The ebook contextualises more moderen classes with chapters at the previous years of the Urals and covers the foremost environmental in addition to fiscal, political and cultural themes.The e-book includes illustrations and maps, plus lists of books and internet sites, as aids to extra examine and knowing of the topic. A historical past of the Urals is a vital booklet that gives new and helpful insights for all scholars of Russian heritage.

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Two schools of icon painting developed towards the end of the seventeenth century among Stroganov employees and in the town of Turinsk. A master from the Voznesenskii monastery in Solikamsk, Fedor Evtikhievich Zubov, was invited in 1662 to transfer to the Armoury in Moscow. Architecture often showed the influence of the Northern wooden style, but turned more to the stone style of Moscow as the century wore on. In the town of Solikamsk, for example, the voevoda’s house as well as the Trinity Cathedral and churches provided early examples of stone buildings.

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.

17 While the threat to peace and quiet, even to life and limb, remained persistent in the second half of the seventeenth century, the encroachment of modern civilization continued. While more than half of the townspeople of Solikamsk were illiterate, and the proportion unlikely to be lower elsewhere, at the other end of the scale, so to speak, there were libraries of some consequence in the monasteries. The lack of secular works should not be surprising, since there were few of these in Russia as a whole at this time.

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