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Chronology of Russian History
- Brief History of Russia: Short and concise information about ancient, middle ages, near modern, modern, World War II, and contemporary Russia (unknown source).
- Chronology of Russian History This site, provided by Bucknell University Programme, dates the major events in Russian History, linking them to explanatory and related materials on the Web.
- Chronology/Timeline of Russian history is the chronological part of the homepage of Douglas Hartman (Russian History) who has made a good gateway for Russian history aiming to provide the general reader with stimulating articles on all recorded years of Russian history, beginning from Kievan Rus' to Yeltsin's era in the 1990s. The site uses scholarly-accepted resources, and stimulates debate on the information. It also gives a many links related to the chronology of Russian history.
- History & Culture of Russia: This site, set up by the Russian National Tourist Office, focuses on Ancient Russia, the Mongols & the emergence of Moscow (Ivan the Terrible), the Romanovs (Catherine & Peter the Great), Napolean's invasion, the road to Revolution (Nicholas II), and the Soviet Era (Lenin, Stalin, Kruschev, Brezhnev & Gorbachev).
- History of Russia and the Former USSR: Historical narratives and directory of sites covering Russian history from Kievan times through the Soviet period. Includes a "chronology/timeline" featuring relevant articles and related links.
- The Margin Notes: This site, maintained by V.G. Tscherbakov (PhD in history, Railway Institute of Samara) is generally ment for students studying history in Russian Higher Education Institutions and contains various lectures, books and manuals. The site is divided in 3 sections: General History of Russia from the ancient times to the mid-90th of XX century, (electronic version of lectures by academician B.V. Lichman (University of Ekaterinburg), The History of the Railway Transport in Russia and The Histoty of the Economic Thought in Russia. (Here is the link with the "History of Russia"t). A part of that, the site provides links to useful Internet resources. It is in Russian.
- Russia.Net History: Brief explanation of Russia's history in 12 pages from early settlements through the failed coup of August, 1991. (from "Russia.Net")
- Russian History: This site of Bucknell University contains some information of a general nature, among others links to other sites dealing with the history of Russia and chronologies.
- Russian History Homepage: This page contains Russian historical texts in English, divided by periods. Authored by John Slatter.
- Timetable of Russian History: Site contains a timetable of Russian History from 862 - 1991 A.D.
Kievan and Pre-Kievan Russia (IX-XII centuries)
- Drevnosti: Drevnosti (Antiquities) is a regional collection of links to resources related to the archaeology of South-Eastern Europe.This area includes both the steppe and forest-steppe zones of the European part of Russia and Ukraine, which share many common traits in the prehistory, ancient and medieval part of this history.
- Slavonic Antiquity: Papers on ancient Slavonic Studies of Sergei V. Rjabchikov, an independent expert.
- Tmutarakan', an outlying land: A book of Sergei V. Rjabchikov, an independent expert, on the decipherment of the graffiti of the ancient town Tmutarakan' (Tmutorokan') and on this basis the author offers the interpretation of different aspects of the history and culture of the Old Russia.
- The Viking Network: The Vikings in Russia: Brief background to the Viking's move into Russia.
Appanage Russia (XIII-XV centuries)
- Otechestvennaya istoria: Is a well organised catalog of resources, wich reflects particularly well the medieval history, genealogy and Russian historiography. Maintained by Oleg Lantsov (in Russian).
Muscovite Russia (XVI-XVII centuries)
Imperial Russia (XVIII-XIX centuries)
- Alexander II and his Times: "Narrative History of Russia in the Age of Alexander II, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky", with links to bibliography, images and other materials.
- Alexander Palace Time Machine: Sponsored by the Alexander Palace Association, this site provides a short history of the palace, and contains bibliographical information, diaries and letters online as well as many pictures.
- Letters from Russia - 1856: Excerpts and illustrations from the book of the same title, which features a series of detailed letters from a British eyewitness to the coronation of Tsar Alexander II of Russia at the Kremlin in Moscow.
- Proekt "1812 god": Hosted by the "Museums of Russia" site, this project aims to make available online resources on the war of the1812 year. The project is divided on sections: Library (full text of electronic books and publications of modern authors), Painters-batalists (paintings with comments), Memorial (where are published articles which discuss how the consequences of the 1812 war are reflected in the different aspects of life. Some of the articles are translated in English), Personalities (illustrated bibliographic catalog). In Russian.
- Royal Russia (Imperial Russian Historical Society): Collection of sites devoted to various aspects of the history of the Romanov dynasty and the Russian monarchy. Features information about the Imperial Russian Historical Society and the Imperial Russian Journal.
- Russia in the Age of Enlightenment: Discussion on the developments in Russian history during this era. Focuses on the progress and changes in the field of academics, analysis, monarchy, and social life during this period.
- Russian Empire, 1895-1910: Pictures of Russian architecture before Stalin's "urban renewal" which resulted in the destruction of many important landmarks.
Soviet Union (XX century)
- The Battle of Stalingrad: This site contains photo archives, notes and a few links.
- The Gulag: From the Revelations from the Russian Archives Exibit.
- GULAG (maintainer unknown): The site aims to tell the story of the GULAG. Contains pictures, memoirs extraits, geography of the GULAG and gives the detailed contents of the "58-ya statia", the 58th article of the Criminal Code dealng with contr-revolutional offenses.
- Gulag- the online exibition: The topic of the exhibition is time: the ruins of a slave empire and the "glorious acheviements" acclaimed in the past form an astonishing contrast in the artistic photographs of Thomas Kizny. Organized by the Open Society Archives at the Central European University.
- Kolyma: Former inmate of this Siberian prison camp from Stalin's reign describes the Gold mine and the people who lived there. Includes photos.
- Research in Former Soviet Archives: This site is maintained by the International Contact Group for Research in former Soviet archives on issues of historical political economy. It aims at promoting academic research in the archives of the former Soviet Union, especially by younger scholars, by providing an electronic platform for a quick dissemination of research results. Working-papers, bibliographies, and other materials that are generated by research-projects hosted by the site are available for online consultation or download, and short descriptions are provided of the aims of the associated research projects. The maintenance of the site is supported by a grant of The Leverhulme Trust.
Russian Federation (XX-XXI centuries)
* Subdivision loosely based on: Nicholas V. Riasanovsky - A History of Russia, 4th Ed. (New York, Oxford UP, 1984)
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Last updated the 24th of October 2001.