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- Armed Forces - Russia (Department of National Defense, Canada): Links to general resources on Russian weapons systems and naval and air power. Part of the War, Peace, and Security Guide maintained by the Information Resource Centre of the Canadian Forces College. Also available in French.
- Artillery museum: This web site has been prepared as an unofficial display of selected material from the great Museum of Artillery, Engineers, and Signal Troops in St Petersburg, Russia by members of the Xenophon Group Int.
- The Battle of Stalingrad: The site contains photo archves, notes and a few links.
- Crimean War: One page with a good emphasis on the causes and politics of the war, as well as the Treaty of Paris and the effects of the war (source: Western New England College).
- Crimean War 1854-1856: Excellent information on the Crimean War and the major battles, with quotes from those involved (the source is unknown)
- Firearms in Russia: Introduction to Russian laws concerning firearms. Includes a brief history, their evolution from the middle ages to date, and information on the various pistols, revolvers, machine guns, and rifles. Also includes a section on the self-defense weapon, UDAR.
- I remember. Memories of veterans: A web site featuring interviews with veterans of the Great Patriotic War.
- Military Parade: Online magazine in Russian and English, giving
the latest news from the Russian defense industry.
- Russia Soviet Nuclear Forces (Federation of American Scientists): Resource on nuclear delivery systems and facilities of various nations. Provides illustrated information on nuclear arsenals, related technical features, and organizations manufacturing these arms. Also contains statistical data on chemical and biological weapons.
- Russian Imperial Army: The site presents thirty plates of uniforms of the Russian Imperial Army ca 1830-1840.
- Peter I Russian Army (as above)
- Russian Medieval Arms and Armor
- Russian Navy: This is the official site of the Russian Navy wich provides general information about the history of the Russian navy and important historical events related to it. The site also gives information about russian shipbuilding, sea navigation, naval educational organizations and other related institutions.
- Russian Central Naval museum
- Russian Military History
- Soviet defense industry, 1927-1967, Part 1: Soviet factories and shypyards: This document lists almost 1,000 factories of the Soviet defence-industry complex with brief details of location, history, production profile, relocations, reorganisations, and affiliations (author: Department of Economics, University of Warwick, England)
- Soviet defense industry, 1927-1967, Part II: Research and design establishments: This document lists nearly 1,500 design bureaux, institutes and other scientific and technical installations of the Soviet defence industry complex with brief details of location, history, production profile, leading design personnel, relocations, reorganisations, and affiliations. (author: Department of Economics, University of Warwick, England)
- Soviet Women in Combat in World War II: Works of Kaziemiera J. Cottam (PhD, University of Toronto, U.S.A.).
- Under the Romanovs-the History of the Russian Navy: Choose the chapter you'd like to read or simply start at the beginning and click "next" to follow the developments of Russia's navy from the time of the first Romanov ruler to 1917. You'll quickly learn that Russia's territorial expansion relied heavily on its fleet. An excellent source of historical information.
- Xenophon Group International: The Xenophon Group International was organized to promote the study of military history. It has begin by publishing a magazine devoted to Early Modern Military History, Gorget & Sash. In 1991 the focus was expanded to facilitate meetings and exchanges between Americans, Ukrainians and Russians, especially but not exclusively military historians. This page serves as a central link to topical pages relating to these subjects. The material is divided into two categories, general Military History and Russian-Ukrainian History.
Women and Gender History
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- 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 The Railway Transport"). A part of that, the site provides links to useful Internet resources. It is in Russian.
- WWW Virtual Guide to the History of Russian and Soviet Science and Technology
- Jewish Studies In Russia: This is the site for those who interested in Jewish Studies, the history, philosophy, art, literature and language, mainly aimed for students and aspirants of the Jewish Institutions of Higher Education in Moscow and those who interested in Jewish culture from the scientific point of view. The site provides an informations about organiations, specialized in Jewish studies, conferences, grants, projects and links to a specialized catalogues and archives.
- Beyond the pale- the History of Jews in Russia: Detailed history from the exhibit that has toured Russia since 1995. Provides history and images focusing on the Middle Ages, the development of anti-Semitism, the tsarist period, the Soviet period, and Nazism and the Holocaust.
- The Khazaria Info Center: Summary of the history of the Khazars and their conversion to Judaism in the 8th-10th centuries, along with an image gallery and details about ongoing expeditions which are exploring Khazarian and Judean artifacts on the Crimean peninsula and in Russia. (established by Kevin Alan Brook, author of "The Jews of Khazaria")
- In The Beginning Was The Word: Report on the Russian Church and Native Alaskan Cultures. Site also contains photographs pertaining to the information contained in the report. (supported by Messrs. Lloyd Cotsen and Plato Malozemoff, members of the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress).
- Moscow Patriarchate: The official site of Moscow Patriarchate. It comprises all official information, links, news, events in Moscow Orthodox life.
- The Russian Orthodox Church: early history and art: At this site you can learn the history of the Russian Orthodox Church. Many hyperlinks with great pictures.
- 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.
- Katyn: The personal site of Y.Krasilnikov is a collection of materials on the Katyn massacre of Polish prisoners of war in 1940. Among other texts and pictures, it contains Russian (original) texts of major documents, including photocopies of the most important ones.
- Katyn Forest Massacre: The personal site of David Mirams with articles, related links and other materials relating to this event.
- Significance of the Katyn Massacre (1940) to the West: A thesis topic of Louis Robert Coatney (Western Illinois University, U.S.A.).
- Kolyma: Former inmate of this Siberian prison camp from Stalin's reign describes the Gold mine and the people who lived there. Includes photos.
- Memorial: Memorial is an International historical-enlightment, human rights and humanitarian society. Memorial is a movement which arose in the years of perestroika. Its main task was the awakening and preservation of the societal memory of the severe political persecution in the recent past of the Soviet Union. Memorial is a community of dozens of organizations in different regions of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Latvia, and Georgia. Memorial is a group of specialized research, human rights, and education centers in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and several other cities. Memorial has a museum, a repository of documents, and a number of specialized libraries. The site can be viewed in Russian, English and German.
- MEMORIAL, Krasnoiarsk: This is the site of the Krasnojarsk section of the society "MEMORIAL", dedicated to the more than 30,000 repressed people whose lifes were connected to Krasnojarsk. The site contains by now half of all collected documents but is constantly updated. It contains the memoirs of repression victims, lists of victims, documents, photographs, publications and gives a list of links to "Memorial" organizations in other regions.
- 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.
- 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 The Economic Thought in Russia"). A part of that, the site provides links to useful Internet resources. It is in Russian.
- Soviet Nationalities Data: 1926 and 1959 Censuses : The Soviet Data on Nationalities from the Censuses of 1926 and 1959 represent an attempt to compile as much of the systematically arranged quantitative data on Soviet nationalities as could be garnered from published sources. The principal sources were the 1926 and 1959 Soviet census reports and other statistical handbooks. These data are provided by the Data and Program Library Service and to download them registration (free) is required.
- Uralskoe Istoriko-Rodoslovnoe Obschestvo: The official site of the Historical-Genealogical Society of Urals. Contains genealogical research on Ural familys, publications of historical sources (in Russian).
- Genealogy: Genealogy of peasants and workers of the Nizhnetagilskij, Nev'ianskij, Visimo-Shajtanskij and other Demidov's factories. Publication of genealogical sources. Maintained by Y.V. Sharipov (graduate of the Ural State Technical University, member of the Uralskoe Istoriko-Rodoslovnoe Obschestvo).
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