EUROPEANRUSSIA] of higher
See also:schools, in which careful instruction is given in natural and social sciences, have been opened in the chief cities under the name of " pedagogical courses." At St
See also:Petersburg a
See also:women's medical academy, the
See also:examinations of which were even more searching than those of the ordinary academy (especially as regards diseases of women and
See also:children), was opened, but after about one
See also:hundred women had received the degree of M.D. it was suppressed by
See also:government . In several university towns there are
See also:free teaching establishments for women, supported by subscription, with
See also:pro-grammes and examinations equal to those of the
See also:universities . The natural sciences are much cultivated in Russia . Besides the Academy of Science, the Moscow Society of Naturalists, the Scieatilic Mineralogical Society, the
See also:Geographical Society, with its
See also:societies . Caucasian and Siberian branches, the archaeological societies and the scientific societies of the Baltic provinces, all of which are of old and recognized
See also:standing, there have lately sprung up a series of new societies in connexion with each university, and their serials are yearly growing in importance, as, too, are those of the Moscow Society of Friends of Natural Science, the Chemico-
See also:Physical Society, and various medical, educational and other associations . The
See also:work achieved by
See also:Russian savants, especially in
See also:biology, physiology and chemistry, and in the sciences descriptive of the vast territory of Russia, is well known to
See also:Europe . The ordinary revenue of the
See also:empire is in excess of the ordinary
See also:expenditure, but the extraordinary expenditure not only swallows
See also:Finance. up this surplus, but necessitates the raising of fresh loans every
See also:year . On the other
See also:hand, there is a
See also:deal to show for this extraordinary expenditure . A considerable number of new
See also:railways, including the Siberian, have been built with
See also:money obtained from that source . But since 1894 all extra-ordinary items of expenditure, with the exception of those for the construction of new lines of railway, have been defrayed out of ordinary revenue . The only
See also:sources of extraordinary revenue still remaining under that
See also:head are the money derived from loans and the perpetual deposits in the Imperial
See also:Bank . The ordinary revenue, obtained principally from the sale of
See also:spirits (28%), which is a state
See also:monopoly, from state railways (231%) and customs 001 %), steadily
See also:rose from a
See also:total of £132,750,000 in 1895 to a total of £214,360,000 in 1905 .
Other noteworthy sources of revenue are
See also:trade licences,
See also:direct taxes on lands and forests,
See also:stamp duties, posts and telegraphs, indirect taxes on
See also:sugar and other commodities, the
See also:crown forests, and
See also:land redemption payable annually by the peasants since 1861 . At the same
See also:time the total ordinary expenditure has increased at a similarly steady
See also:rate, namely, from £119,391,000 in 1895 to £202,544,000 in 1905 . In 1904, 811% of the extraordinary expenditure, namely, £71,550,000, was incurred in consequence of the war with
See also:Japan, and to this must be added in 1906 a further expenditure of £42,085,000 . The total
See also:debt of Russia nearly trebled between 1852 (£57,038,600) and 1862 (£145,500,000), and again between 1872 (£242,277,000) and 1892 (£526,109.000) it more than doubled, while by 1906 it amounted altogether to £812,040,000 . Of the total, 77 % stands at 4% and 17 at less than 4% . The
See also:system of obligatory military service for all, introduced in 1874, has been maintained, but the six years'
See also:term of service has Army been reduced to five, while the privileges granted to
See also:young men who have received various degrees of
See also:education have been slightly extended . During the reign of
See also:Alexander III. efforts were mainly directed towards—(t) reducing the time required for the mobilization of the army; (2) increasing the immediate readiness of
See also:cavalry for war and its fitness for serving as mounted
See also:infantry (
See also:dragoon regiments taking the place of hussars and lancers) ; (3) strengthening the W. frontier by fortresses and railways; and (4) increasing the
See also:siege and
See also:train reserves . Further, the age releasing from service was raised from 40 to 43 years and the militia (
See also:landsturm) was reorganized . The
See also:measures taken during the reign of
See also:Nicholas II. have been chiefly directed towards increasing the fighting capacity and readiness for immediate service of the troops in
See also:Asia, and towards the better re-organization of the
See also:local irregular militia forces . Broadly speaking, the army is divided into regulars, Cossacks and militia . The peace strength of the army is estimated at 42,000
See also:officers and 1,1oo,000 men (about 950,000 combatants), while the war strength is approximately 75,000 officers and 4,500,000 men . However, this latter figure is merely nominal, the available artillery and train service being much below the strength which would be required for such an army; estimates which put the military forces of Russia in time of war at 2,750,000—irrespective of the armies which may be levied during the war itself—seem to approach more nearly the strength of the forces which could actually be mustered .
The infantry and rifles are armed with small-
See also:magazine rifles, and the active artillery have
See also:steel breech-loaders with extreme ranges of 4150 to 4700 yds . Before the
See also:Japanese war Russia maintained four
See also:separate squadrons: the Baltic, the Black
See also:Sea, the Pacific and the
See also:Caspian .
See also:Navy . But in the operations before
See also:Port Arthur and in the disastrous
See also:battle of Tsushima the Russian fleets were almost completely annihilated . The bulk of the Black Sea
See also:fleet and a few other battleships were, however, still
See also:left, and since 1904879 steps have been taken to build new
See also:ships, both battleships and powerful cruisers .
See also:Kronstadt is the
See also:naval headquarters in the Baltic,
See also:Sevastopol in the Black Sea and
See also:Vladivostok on the Pacific . Fortresses.—The chief first-class fortresses of Russia are Warsaw and
See also:Novogeorgievsk in Poland, and
See also:Brest-Litovsk and Kovno in Lithuania . The second-class fortresses are Kronstadt and Sveaborg in the Gulf of Finland,
See also:Ivangorod in Poland,
See also:Libau on the Baltic Sea,
See also:Ketch .on the Black Sea and Vladivostok on the Pacific . In the third class are Viborg in Finland, Ossovets and Ust
See also:Dvinsk (or Dunamiinde) in Lithuania, Sevastopol and
See also:Ochakov on the Black Sea, and
See also:Kars and
See also:Batum in Caucasia . There are, more-over, 46 forts and fortresses unclassed, of which 6 are in Poland, 8 in W. and S.W . Russia, and the
See also:remainder (mere fortified posts) in the
See also:Asiatic dominions . II .
EUROPEAN RUSSIAGeography.—The administrative boundaries of European Russia, apart from Finland, coincide broadly with the natural limits of the East-European plains . In the N. it is bounded by the Arctic Ocean; the islands of Novaya-Zemlya, Kolguyev and Vaigach also belong to it, but the Kara Sea is reckoned to
See also:Siberia . To the E. it has the Asiatic dominions of the empire, Siberia and the
See also:steppes, from both of which it is separated by the Ural Mountains, the Ural
See also:river and the Caspian—the administrative boundary, however, partly extending into Asia on the Siberian slope of the Urals . To the S. it has the Black Sea and Caucasia, being separated from the latter by the
See also:Manych depression, which in
See also:Post-Pliocene times connected the Sea of Azov with the Caspian . The W. boundary is purely conventional: it crosses the peninsula of
See also:Kola from the Varanger
See also:Fjord to the Gulf of
See also:Bothnia; thence it runs to the Kurisches Haff in the
See also:southern Baltic, and thence to the mouth of the
See also:Danube, taking a
See also:great circular sweep to the W. to embrace Poland, and separating Russia from Prussia,
See also:Galicia and Rumania . It is a
See also:special feature of Russia that she has no free outlet to the open sea except on the ice-bound shores of the Arctic Ocean . Even the
See also:White Sea is merely a gulf of that ocean . The deep indentations of the gulfs of Bothnia and Finland are surrounded by what is ethnologically Finnish territory, and it is only at the very head of the latter gulf that the Russians have taken
See also:firm foothold by erecting their capital at the mouth of the
See also:Neva . The Gulf of
See also:Riga and the Baltic belong also to territory which is not inhabited by Slays, but by Finnish races and by Germans . It is only within the last hundred and
See also:thirty years that the Russians have definitely taken possession of the N. shores of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov . The E.
See also:coast of the Black Sea belongs properly to
See also:Transcaucasia, a great chain of mountains separating it from Russia . But even this
See also:sheet of
See also:water is an inland sea, the only outlet of which, the Bosphorus, is in
See also:foreign hands, while the Caspian, an immense shallow lake, mostly bordered by deserts, possesses more importance as a
See also:link between Russia and her Asiatic settlements than as a channel for inter-course with other countries .
The great territory occupied by European Russia—1600 m. in length from N. to S., and nearly as much from E. to W.—is on the whole a broad elevatedplain, ranging between Soo and 900 ft. above sea-level, deeply cut into by river- valleys, and bounded on all sides by broad swellings or low
See also:mountain-ranges: the lake plateaus of Finland and the Maanselka heights in the N.W.; the Baltic coast-
See also:ridge and spurs of the Carpathians in the W., with a broad depression between the two, occupied by Poland; the
See also:Crimean and Caucasian mountains in the S.; and the broad but moderately high swelling of the Ural Mountains in the E . From a central
See also:plateau, which comprises the governments of
See also:Tver, Moscow,
See also:Smolensk and
See also:Kursk, and projects E. towards
See also:Samara, attaining an
See also:elevation of 800 to 900 ft. above the sea, the
See also:surface slopes gently in all directions to a level of 300 to 500 ft . Then it again rises gradually as it approaches the hilly tracts which enclose the great plain . This central swelling may be considered a continuation towards the E.N.E. of the great
See also:line of upheavals of N.W . Europe; the elevated grounds of Finland would then represent a continuation of the Scanian plateaus of S . Sweden, and the
See also:northern mountains of Finland a continuation of Kjolen (the
See also:Keel) which separate Sweden from Norway, while the other great line of Boun- daries . Configuration . upheaval of the old continent, which runs N.W. to S.E., would be represented in Russia by the
See also:Caucasus in the S. and by the Timan ridge of the
See also:basin in the N . 1 he hilly aspect of several parts of the central plateau is not due to foldings of the strata, which for the most
See also:part appear to be
See also:horizontal, but chiefly to the excavating
See also:action of the
See also:rivers, whose valleys are deeply eroded in the plateau, especially on its
See also:borders . The
See also:round flattened summits of the Valdai plateau do not rise above i too ft., and they
See also:present the appearance of mountains only in consequence of the depths of the valleys—the rivers which flow towards the depression of Lake
See also:Peipus being only 200 to 250 ft. above the sea . The same is true of the plateaus of Livonia, " Wendish
See also:Switzerland," and the government of Kovno, which do not exceed woo ft. at their highest points; and again of the E. spurs of the Baltic coast-ridge between the governments of
See also:Grodno and
See also:Minsk . The same elevation is reached by a very few
See also:flat summits of the plateau about Kursk, and farther E. on the
See also:Volga about
See also:Kamyshin, where the valleys are excavated to a
See also:depth of 800 or 900 ft., giving quite a hilly aspect to the
See also:country .
It is only in the S.W., where spurs of the Carpathians enter the governments of
See also:Podolia and
See also:Bessarabia, that ridges reaching 110o ft. are met with, these again intersected by deep ravines . The depressions which
See also:gap the borders of the central plateau thus acquire a greater importance than the small differences in its vertical elevation . Such is the broad depression of the
See also:middle Volga and
See also:Kama, bounded on the N. by the faint swelling of the Uvaly, the
See also:watershed between the Arctic Ocean and the Volga basin . Another broad depression, 250 to 500 ft. above the sea, still filled by Lakes Peipus,
See also:Onega, Byelo-ozero, Lacha, Vozhe, and many thousands of smaller lakes, skirts the central plateau on the N., and follows the same E.N.E. direction . Only a few low swellings penetrate into it from the N.W., about Lake Onega, and reach 900 ft., while in the N.E. it is enclosed by the Timan ridge (woo ft.) . A third depression, traversed by the Pripet and the middle
See also:Dnieper, extends to the W. and penetrates into Poland . This immense lacustrine basin is now broken up into numberless ponds, lakes and marshes (see MINSK) . It is bounded on the S. by the broad plateaus which spread out E. of the Carpathians . S. of 5o° N. the central plateau slopes gently towards the S., and we find there a
See also:fourth depression stretching W. and E. through
See also:Poltava and
See also:Kharkov, but still reaching in its higher parts 500 to 700 ft . It is separated from the Black Sea by a gentle swelling which may be traced from
See also:Kremenets in Volhynia to the lower Don, and perhaps farther S.E . This swelling includes the Donets
See also:coal-measures and the middle granitic ridges which give rise to the rapids of the Dnieper . Finally a fifth depression, which descends below the level of the ocean, extends for more than 200 M. to the N. of the Caspian, comprising the lower Volga and the Ural and Emba rivers, and establishing a link between Russia and the
See also:Aral-Caspian region .
It is continued farther N. by plains below 30o ft., which join the depression of the middle Volga, and extend as far as the mouth of the Oka . The Ural Mountains present the aspect of a broad swelling whose strata no longer exhibit the horizontality which is characteristic of central Russia, and moreover are deeply cut into by rivers . They are connected in the W. with broad plateaus which join those of central Russia, but their orographical relations to other upheavals must be more closely studied before they can be definitely pronounced on . The rhomboidal peninsula of the
See also:Crimea, connected by only a narrow
See also:isthmus with the continent, is occupied by an arid plateau sloping gently N. and E., and bordered on the S.E. by the Yaila Mountains, the summits of which range between 4000 and 5000 ft . Owing to the orographical structure of the East-European plains, the river systems have become more than usually prominent and Rivers. important features of the configuration . Taking their origin from a series of lacustrine basins scattered over the plateaus and differing slightly in elevation, the Russian rivers describe immense curves before reaching the sea, and flow with a very gentle gradient, while numerous large tributaries collect their
See also:waters from over vast areas . Thus the Volga, the Dnieper and the Don attain respectively lengths of 2325, 1410 and 1325 m., and their basins run to 563,300, 202,140 and 166,000 sq. m. respectively . Moreover, the chief rivers, the Volga, the W .
See also:Dvina, the Dnieper, and even the Lovat and the Oka, take their rise (in the N.W. of the central plateau) so close to one another that they may be said to radiate from the same centre . The sources of the Don interlace with the tributaries of the Oka, while the upper tributaries of the Kama join those of the N . Dvina and Pechora . In consequence of this, the rivers of Russia have been from remote antiquity the
See also:principal channels of trade and
See also:migration, and have contributed much more to the elaboration of national unity than any
See also:political institutions .
Boats could be conveyed over flat and easy portages from one river-basin to another, and these portages were subsequently transformed with a relatively small amount of labour into navigable canals, and even at the present
See also:day the canals have more importance for the
See also:traffic of the country than have most of the railways . By their means the plains of the central plateau—the very heart of Russia, whose natural outlet was the Caspian—were brought into water-communication with the Baltic, and the Volgabasin was connected with the Gulf of Finland . The White Sea has also been brought into connexion with the central Volga basin while the
See also:sister-river of the Volga—the Kama—became the
See also:main artery of communication with Siberia . But although the rivers of Russia
See also:rank before the rivers of W . Europe in respect of length, they are far behind them as regards the volumes of water which they
See also:discharge . They freeze in winter and dry up in summer, and most of them are navigable only during the
See also:spring floods; even the Volga becomes so shallow during the hot
See also:season that none but boats of
See also:draught can pass over its shoals . Arctic Ocean Basin.—The Pechora rises in the N . Urals, and enters the ocean by a large estuary at the Gulf of Pechora . Its basin, thinly-peopled and available only for
See also:cattle-breeding and for
See also:hunting, is quite isolated from Russia by the Timan ridge . The river is navigable for 770 m.;
See also:grain and a variety of goods conveyed from the upper Kama are floated down, while furs,
See also:fish and other products of the sea are shipped up the river to be transported to Cherdyn on the Kama . The Mezen enters the
See also:Bay of Mezen; it is navigable for 450 m., and is the channel of a considerable export of
See also:timber . The N .
Dvina is formed by theunion of the Yug and the Sukhona . The latter, although it flows over a great number of rapids, is navigable throughout its length (330 m.); it is connected by canal with the Caspian and the Baltic . The Vychegda, which flows W.S.W. to join the Sukhona, through a woody region, thinly peopled, is navigable for 500 M. and in its upper portion is connected by a canal with the upper Kama . The N . Dvina flows with a very slight gradient through a broad valley, and reaches the White Sea at Archangel . Notwithstanding serious obstacles offered by shallows, corn, fish,
See also:salt and timber are largely shipped to and from Archangel . The Onega, which flows into Onega Bay, has rapids; but timber is floated down in spring, and fishing and some navigation, are carried on in the lower portion . Baltic Basin.—The Neva (4o m.) flows from Lake Ladoga into the Gulf of Finland . The Volkhov, discharging into Lake Ladoga, and forming part of the Vyshniy-Volochok system of canals, is an important channel for navigation; it flows from Lake Ilmen, which receives the Msta, connected with the Volga, and the Lovat . The Svir, also discharging into Lake Ladoga, flows from Lake Onega, and, being part of the
See also:Mariinsk canal system, is of great importance for navigation . The Narova flows out of Lake Peipus into the Gulf of Finland at Narva; it has remarkable rapids, which are used to generate power for
See also:cotton-mills; in spite of this, the river is navigated . Lake Peipus, or Chudskoye, receives the Velikaya, a channel of traffic with S .
Russia front a remote antiquity, but now navigable only in its lower portion, and the Embach, navigated by steamers to Dorpat (Yuryev) . The S . Dvina, which falls into the sea below Riga, is shallow above the rapids of Jacobstadt, but navigation is carried on as far as Vitebsk—corn, timber, potash,
See also:flax, &c., being the principal shipments of its navigable tributaries (the Obsha, Ulla and Kasplya) . The Ulla is connected by the
See also:Berezina canals with the Dnieper . The Memel (Niemen), with a course of 470 M. in Russia, rises in the N. of Minsk, leaves Russia ,at Yurburg, and enters the Kurisches Haff; rafts are floated upon it almost from its source, and steamers ply as far as Kovno; it is connected by the Oginsky canal with the Dnieper . For the Vistula, with the
See also:Bug and Narew, see POLAND . Black Sea Basin.—The Pruth rises in Austrian
See also:Bukovina, and separates Russia from Rumania; it enters the Danube, which flows along the Russian frontier for too m. below Reni, touching it with its
See also:Kilia branch . The
See also:Dniester (530 M. in Russia) rises in Galicia . Light boats and rafts are floated at all points, and steamers ply on its lower portion; its estuary has important
See also:fisheries . The Dnieper, with a basin of 202,140 sq. m., drains 13 governments, the aggregate population of which numbers over 28,000,000 . It also originates in the N.W. parts of the central plateau, in the same marshy lakes which give rise to the Volga and the W . Dvina, and enters the Black Sea .
In the middle navigable part of its course, from Dorogobuzh to
See also:Ekaterinoslav, it is an active channel for traffic . It receives several large tributaries:—on the right, the Berezina, connected with the W . Dvina, and the Pripet, both very important for navigation—as well as several smaller tributaries on which rafts are floated; on the left the Sozh, the Desna, one of the most important rivers of Russia, navigated by steamers as far as Bryansk, the Sula, the Psiol and the Vorskla . Below Ekaterinoslav the Dnieper flows for 46 m. over a series of rapids . At
See also:Kherson it enters its long (40 m.) but shallow estuary, which receives the S . Bug and the Ingul . The Don, with a basin of 166,000 sq. m., and navigable for 88o m., rises in the government of
See also:Tula and enters the Sea of Azov at Rostov, after describing a great
See also:curve to the E. at
See also:Tsaritsyn, approaching the Volga, with which it is connected by a railway (45 m.) . Its navigation is of great importance, especially for goods brought from the Volga, and its fisheries are extensive . The chief tributaries are the Sosna and
See also:North Donets on the right, and the
See also:Voronezh, Khoper, Medvyeditsa and Manych on the left . The Ylya, the
See also:Kuban and the Rion belong to Caucasia . The Caspian Basin.—The Volga, the chief river of Russia, has a length of 2325 m., and its basin, about 563,300 sq. m. in
See also:area, contains a population of nearly 40,000,000 . It is connected with the Baltic by three systems of canals (see VOLGA) .
The Ural, in its lower part, constitutes the frontier between European Russia and the Kirghizsteppe; it receives the Sakmara on the right and the Ilek on the left . The Kuma, the
See also:Terek and the Kura, with the
See also:Aras, which receives the waters of Lake Gok-cha, belong to Caucasia.' The
See also:soil of Russia depends chiefly on the distribution of the
See also:clay and
See also:loess, on the degree to which the rivers have Soil. severally excavated their valleys, and on the moistness of the
See also:climate . Vast areas in Russia are quite unfit for cultivation, 19% of the aggregate surface of European Russia (apart from Poland and Finland) being occupied by lakes, marshes, sand, &c., 39% by, forests, 16% by prairies, and only 26% being under cultivation . The distribution of all these is, however, very unequal, and the five following subdivisions may be established: (I) the tundras; (2) the
See also:forest region; (3) the middle region, comprising the surface available for
See also:agriculture and partly covered with forests; (4) the black-
See also:earth (chernozyom) region; and (5) the steppes . Of these the black-earth region—about 15o,000,000 acres—which reaches from the Carpathians to the Urals, from the
See also:Pinsk marshes in the S.W. to the upper Oka in the N.E., is the most important . It is covered with a thick sheet of black earth, a kind of loess, mixed with 5 to 15 % of humus, due to the decomposition of an herbaceous vegetation, which
See also:developed luxuriantly during the Lacustrine
See also:period on a continent relatively dry even at that epoch . On the three-
See also:fields system corn has been grown upon it for fifty to seventy consecutive years without manure . Isolated black-earth islands, though less fertile, occur also in
See also:Courland and Kovno, in the Oka-Volga-Kama depression, on the slopes of the Urals, and in a few patches in the N . Towards the Black Sea coast its thickness diminishes, and it disappears in the valleys . In the extensive region covered with boulder-clay the black earth appears only in isolated places, and the soil consists for the most part of a sandy clay, containing a much smaller admixture of humus . There cultivation is possible only with the aid of a considerable quantity of manure . Drainage finding no outlet through the thick clay, the soil of the forest region is often hidden beneath extensive marshes, and the forests themselves are often mere thickets choking marshy ground; large tracts of sand appear in the W., and the admixture of boulders with the clay in the N.W. renders agriculture difficult .
On the Arctic coast the forests disappear, giving place to the tundras . Finally, in the S.E., towards the Caspian, on the slopes of the southern Urals and the plateau of Obshchiy Syrt, as also in the interior of the Crimea, and in several parts of Bessarabia, there are large tracts of real
See also:desert, buried under coarse sand and devoid of vegetation . Notwithstanding the fact that Russia extends from N. to S. through 3o° of latitude, the climate of its different portions, apart Climate. from the Crimea and Caucasia, presents a striking uni- formity . The aerial currents—cyclones,
See also:anti-cyclones and dry S.E. winds—prevail over extensive areas, and sweep across the flat plains without hindrance . Everywhere the winter is
See also:cold and the summer hot, both varying in their duration, but differing relatively little in the extremes of temperature recorded . There is no place in Russia, Archangel and
See also:Astrakhan included, where the thermometer does not rise in summer nearly to 86° Fahr. and descend in winter to -13° and -22° . It is only on the Black Sea coast that the absolute range of temperature does not exceed 108°, while in the remainder of Russia it reaches 126° to 144°, the oscillations being between -22 ° and -31 °, occasionally going down as low as -54°, and rising as high as 86° to toe, or even 109 . Everywhere the rainfall is small: if Finland and Poland on the one hand and Caucasia with the Caspian depression on the other be excluded, the average yearly rainfall varies between 16 and 28 in . Nowhere does the maximum rainfall take place in winter (as in W . Europe), but it occurs in summer, and everywhere the months of advanced spring are warmer than the corresponding months of autumn . Though thus exhibiting the distinctive features of a
See also:continental climate, Russia does not lie altogether outside the reach of the moderating influence of the ocean . The
See also:Atlantic cyclones penetrate to the Russian plains, mitigating to some extent the cold of winter, and in summer bringing with them their moist winds and
See also:thunder-storms .
Their influence is chiefly
See also:felt in W . Russia, though it does reach as far as the Urals and beyond . They thus check the extension and limit the duration of the cold anticyclones . 'Bibliography of Geography: see Tillo, in Izvestia of Russian Geogr .
See also:Soc . (1883); P . P . Semenov, Geogr. and Statist .
See also:Dictionary of the Russian Empire (in Russian, 5 vols., St Petersburg, 1863–84), the most trustworthy source for the geography of Russia; the official Srod Materialov, with regard to Russian rivers (1876); Statistical Sbornik of the
See also:Ministry of Communications, vol. x . (freezing of Russian rivers, and navigation) . A great variety of monographs dealing with separate rivers and basins are available; e.g . S .
Martynov, Das Petschoragebiet (St Petersburg, 1905); G. von
See also:Helmersen, Das Olonezische Bergrevier (St Petersburg, 186o) ; Turbin, The Dnieper; Prasolenko, " The Dniester," in Engin . Journ . (1881) ; Danilevsky, " Kuban," in Mena Geogr . Soc. i.; K . E. von Baer, Kaspische Studien (St Petersburg, 1857–59); V . Ragozin, Volga (St Petersburg, 189o); Peretyatkovich, Volga; and Mikhailov, Kama . An orohydrographical map of Russia in four sheets was published in 1878 . Throughout Russia the winter is of long duration . The last days of
See also:frost are experienced for the most part in
See also:April, but as
See also:late as May to the N. of 55° N . The spring is exceptionally beautiful in central Russia; late as it usually is, it sets in with vigour, and vegetation develops with a rapidity which gives to this season in Russia a special charm, unknown in warmer climates . The rapid melting of the
See also:snow at the same time causes the rivers to swell, and renders a great many minor streams navigable for a few
See also:weeks . But a return of cold
See also:weather, injurious to vegetation, is very frequently observed in central and E .
Russia between May the 18th and the 24th, so that it is only in
See also:June that warm weather sets in definitely, and it reaches its maximum in the first
See also:half of
See also:July (or of
See also:August on the Black Sea coast) . In S.E . Russia the summer is much warmer than in the corresponding latitudes of France, and really hot weather is experienced everywhere . It does not, however, prevail for long, and in the first half of
See also:September frosts begin on the middle Urals . They descend upon W. and S . Russia in the beginning of
See also:October, and are felt on the Caucasus about the middle of
See also:November . The temperature drops so rapidly that a
See also:month later, about October the Ioth on the middle Urals and November the 15th throughout Russia, the thermometer ceases to rise above the freezing-point . The rivers freeze rapidly; towards November loth all the streams of the White Sea basin are ice-bound, and so remain for an average of 167 days; those of the Baltic, Black Sea and Caspian basins freeze later, but about
See also:December the 20th nearly all the rivers of the country are highways for sledges . The Volga remains frozen for a period varying between 15o days in the N. and 90 days at Astrakhan, the Don for
See also:loo to 110 days, and the Dnieper for 83 to 122 days . On the W . Dyina ice prevents navigation for 125 days, and even the Vistula at Warsaw remains frozen for 77 days . The lowest temperatures are experienced in
See also:January, the average being as low as 20° to S' Fahr. throughout Russia; in the west only does it rise above 22° .
On the whole,
See also:February and
See also:March continue to be cold, and their average temperatures rise above zero nowhere except on the Black Sea coast . Even at Kiev and Lugansk the average of March is below 3o°, while in central Russia it is 25° to 22°, and as low as 20° and 16° at Samara and
See also:Orenburg . All Russia is comprised between the isotherms of 32° and 54° . On the whole, they are more remote from one another than even on the plains of N .
See also:America, those of 46° to 32° being distributed over twenty degrees of latitude . They are, on the whole, inclined towards the S. in E . Russia; thus the isotherm of 39° runs from St Petersburg to Orenburg, and that of 35° from Tornea in Finland to'
See also:Uralsk . The inflexion is still greater for the winter isotherms . Closely following one another, they run almost N. and S.; thus
See also:Odessa and
See also:Konigsberg are situated on the same winter isotherm of 28°; St Petersburg, Orel and the mouth of the Ural river on about 20°; and Mezen and
See also:Ufa on 9° . The summer isotherms
See also:cross the winter isotherms nearly at right angles, so that Kiev and Ufa, Warsaw and
See also:Tobolsk, Riga and the upper Kama have the same average summer temperatures of 64°, 62 z° and 61° respectively . The
See also:laws and relations of the cyclones and anti-cyclones in Russia are not yet thoroughly understood . It appears, however, that in January the cyclones mostly travel across N.W .
Russia (N. of 55° and W. ofY4o° E.), following directions which vary between N.E. and S.E . In July they are pushed farther towards the N., and cross the Gulf of Bothnia, while another series of cyclones sweep across middle Russia, between 5o° and 55° N . Nor are the laws of the anti-cyclones established . The winds closely depend on the routes followed by both . Generally, how-ever, it may be said that alike in January and in July W. and S.W. winds prevail in W . Russia, while E. winds are most
See also:common in S.E . Russia . N. winds are predominant on the Black Sea coast . The strength of the
See also:wind is greater, on the whole, than in the continental parts of W . Europe, and it attains its maximum velocity in winter . Terrible tempests
See also:blow from October to March, especially on the S. steppes and on the tundras . Hurricanes accompanied with snow (burans, myatels), and lasting from two to three days, or N. blizzards without snow, are especially dangerous to man and beast .
The average relative moisture reaches 8o to 85% in the N., and only 70 to 81% in S. and E . Russia . In the steppes it is only 6o % during summer, and still less (57) at Astrakhan . The average amount of
See also:cloud is 73 to 75 % on the White Sea and in Lithuania, 68 to 64 in central Russia, and only 59 to 53 in the S. and S.E . The amount of rainfall is shown in the Table on next page ? The
See also:flora of Russia, which represents an intermediate link between the flora of Germany and the flora of Siberia, is strikingly
See also:uniform over a very large area . Though not poor at any given Flora. place, it appears so if the space occupied by Russia be taken into account, only 3300
See also:species of phanerogams and ferns 2 Bibliography of Meteorology:
See also:Memoirs of the Central Physical
See also:Observatory; Repertorium fiir Meteorologie and Meteorological Sbornik, published by the same
See also:body; Veselovsky, Climate of Russia (Russian) ; H .
See also:Wild, Temperatur-Verhaltnisse
See also:des Russ . Reiches (1881); Voyeikov, The Climates of the Globe (Russ., 1884), containing the best general information about the climate of Russia . being known . Four regions may be distinguished: the the Forest, the Steppe and the Circum-Mediterranean . Arctic, cross the Urals .
On the other hand, several Asiatic species (Siberian
See also:pine, larch,
See also:cedar) grow freely in the N.E., while numerous shrubs and herbaceous
See also:plants, originally from the Asiatic steppes, have found their way into the S.E . But' all these do not greatly alter the general character of the vegetation . The coniferous forests of the north contain, besides conifers, the birch (Betula
See also:elba, B. pubescens, B. fruticosa and B. verrucosa), which extends from the Pechora to the Caucasus, the
See also:aspen, two species of
See also:alder, the mountain-ash (Sorbus aucuparia), the wild
See also:cherry and three species of
See also:willow . S. of 62°-64° N. appears the lime
See also:tree, which multiplies rapidly and, notwithstanding the rapidity with which it is being exterminated, constitutes entire forests in the east (central Volga, Ufa) . Farther S. the ash (Fraxinus excelsior) and the
See also:oak make their appearance, the latter (Quercus pedunculata) reaching in isolated groups and single trees as far N. as St Peters-
See also:burg and South Finland (Q . Robur appears only in the S.W.) . The
See also:hornbeam is prevalent in the
See also:Ukraine, and the
See also:maple begins to appear in the S. of the coniferous region . In the forest region no fewer than 772 flowering species are found, of which 568
See also:dicotyledons occur in the Archangel government (only 436 to the E. of the White Sea, which is a botanical limit for many species) . In central Russia the species become still more numerous, and, though the local floras are not yet
See also:complete, they number 85o to 1050 species in the separate governments, and about 1600 in the best explored parts of the S.W . Corn is cultivated throughout this region . Its N. limits advance almost to the Arctic coast at Varanger Fjord, farther E. they hardly reach N. of Archangel, and the limit is still lower towards the Urals . The N. boundary of
See also:rye closely corresponds to that of
See also:barley .
Wheat is cultivated in S . Finland, but in W . Russia it hardly gets N. of 58° N . Its true domains are the oak region and the steppes . Fruit trees are cultivated as far as 62° N. in Finland, and as far as 58° in the E . Apricots and walnuts flourish at Warsaw, but in Russia they do not thrive beyond 5o° . Apples,
See also:pears and cherries are grown throughout the oak region . The Region of the Steppes, which is coincident with the whole of S . Russia, may be subdivided into two zones-an intermediate zone and that of the steppes proper . The ante-steppe of the preceding region and the intermediate zone of the steppes include those tracts in which the W . European climate contends against the Asiatic, and where a struggle is carried on between the forest and the steppe . It is comprised between the summer isotherms of 59° and 63°, being bounded on the S. by a line which runs through Ekaterinoslav and Lugansk .
S. of this line begin the steppes proper, which extend to the sea and penetrate to the
See also:foot of the Caucasus . The steppes proper are very fertile, elevated plains, slightly undulating, and intersected by numerous ravines which are dry in summer . The undulations are scarcely apparent . Not a tree is to be seen, the few woods and thickets being hidden in the depressions and deep valleys of the rivers . On the thick layer of black earth by which the steppe is covered a luxuriant vegetation develops in spring; after the old grass has been burned a bright
See also:green prevails over immense stretches, but this rapidly disappears under the burning rays of the
See also:sun and the hot E. winds . The colouring of the steppe changes as if by magic, and only the silvery plumes of the steppe-grass (Stipa pennata)
See also:wave in the wind, tinting the steppe a bright yellow . For days together the traveller
See also:sees no other vegetation; even this, however, disappears as he approaches the regions recently left dry by the Caspian, where saline
See also:clays, bearing a few Salsolaceae, or mere sand, take the place of the black earth . Here begins the Aral-Caspian desert . The steppe, however, is not so devoid of trees as at first sight appears . In-numerable clusters of wild cherries (Prunus Chamaecerasus), wild apricots (Amygdalus nana), the Siberian
See also:pea-tree (Caragana frutescens), and other deep-rooted shrubs grow at the bottoms of the depressions and on the slopes of the ravines, imparting to the steppe that charm which manifests itself in the popular
See also:poetry . Unfortunately the spread of cultivation is fatal to these oases (they are often called "islands " by the inhabitants) ; the
See also:axe and the plough ruthlessly destroy them . The vegetation in the marshy bottoms of the ravines and in the valleys of the streams and rivers is totally different .
The moist soil encourages luxuriant thickets of willows (Salicineae), surrounded by dense chevaux-de-frise of
See also:wormwood and thorn-bearing
See also:Compositae, and interspersed with
See also:rich but not extensive prairies, harbouring a great variety of herbaceous plants; while in the deltas of the Black Sea rivers impenetrable beds of reeds (Arundo phragmites) shelter a forest
See also:fauna . But cultivation rapidly changes the
See also:physiognomy of the steppe . The prairies are superseded by wheat-fields, and flocks of
See also:sheep destroy the true steppe-grass (Stipa pennata) . A great many species unknown in the forest region make their appearance in the steppes . The Scotch pine still grows on all sandy' spaces, and the maple (Ater tatarica and A. campestre), the hornbeam and the black and white poplar are very common . The number of species of herbaceous plants rapidly increases, while beyond the Volga a variety of Asiatic species are added to the W . European flora . The Circum-Mediterranean Region is represented by a narrow North Height Average Temperatures . AveragI Rainfall above m nches . Latitude . Sea in Year . Janu- July .
Year . November Feet . ary . to March . ° ° ° ° Archangel . 64 34 30 32.7 7.6 6o•6 16.2 4.3
See also:Petrozavodsk 61 47 160 36.4 II.8 62.1 ..
See also:Helsingfors . 6o to 40 39.0 I9.5 61.5 19.6 7.3 St Petersburg 59 57 20 38.4 15.0 64•o 18.3 5'3 Bogoslovsk . 59 45 630 ? 29.4 -3'8 62.5 15.8 3.I Dorpat . 58 22 220 39.5 17.6 63.1 24.9 7.3
See also:Kostroma . 57 46 36o 37.3 9.4 66.3 19.4 5.2
See also:Ekaterinburg 56 49 890 32'8 2.2 63'5 14.I I'6 Kazan .
. 55 47 260 37.2 7.0 67.3 I8•o 5.4 Moscow . 55 45 520 39.0 12•I 66•o 23.0 7.3Vilna . . 54 41 390 43.8 22•I 65.6 . Warsaw . 52 14 360 44.9 23.8 65.4 22.8 6.7 Orenburg . 51 45 36o 37'9 4.7 70.9 . 17.1 5.8 Kursk . . 51 44 690 41.0 13.7 67.2 19.9 5.6 Kiev . . 50 27 590 44.2 2I•0 66.3 20•I 6•o Tsaritsyn 4 2 13.4 74.6 .. Lugansk 4 8 27 200 45 . 6 17.0 73.0 14'3 4.3 Odessa . . 46 29 270 49.0 24.8 72'3 15.6 5.4 Astrakhan .
46 21 -70 49.0 19.2 77.9 5.7 I.5 Sevastopol . 44 37 130 53.7 35.2 73.8 I5.4 7.2
See also:Poti . . 42 9 0 58.4 39.0 73.3 64.9 23.4
See also:Tiflis . . 41 42 1440 54.5 33.0 75.7 19.3 4.3 The Arctic Region comprises the tundras of the Arctic littoral beyond the N. limit of the forests, which closely follows the coast-line, with deviations towards the N. in the river valleys (70° N. in Finland and on the Arctic Circle about Archangel, 68° N. on the Urals, 71° in W . Siberia) . The shortness of the summer,,the deficiency of drainage and the depth to which the soil freezes in winter, are the circumstances which determine the characteristic features of the vegetation of the tundras . Their flora is far closer akin to the floras of N . Siberia and N . America than to that of central Europe . Mosses and
See also:lichens are distinctive, as also are the birch, the dwarf willow and several shrubs; but where the soil is drier, and humus has been able to accumulate, a variety of herbaceous flowering plants, some of them
See also:familiar in W . Europe, make their appearance . Only 275 to 280 phanerogams are found within this region .
The Forest Region of the Russian botanists includes the greater part of the country, from the Arctic tundras to the steppes, and over this immense expanse it maintains a remarkable uniformity of character . Beketov subdivides it into two portions-the forest region proper and the " Ante-Steppe " (predstepie) . The N. limit of the ante-steppe is represented by a line
See also:drawn from the Pruth through
See also:Zhitomir, Kursk,
See also:Tambov and
See also:Stavropol-on-Volga to the sources of the Ural river . But the forest region proper presents a different aspect in the N. from that in the S., and must in turn be subdivided into two parts- the coniferous region and the region of the oak forests-these being separated by a line drawn through
See also:Pskov, Kostroma, Kazan and Ufa . Of course the oak occurs farther N. than this, and coniferous forests extend farther S., advancing even to the border-region of the steppes . To the N. of this line the forests are of great extent and densely grown, more frequently diversified by marshes than by meadows or cultivated fields . Vast and impenetrable forests, impassable
See also:marches and thickets, numerous lakes, swampy meadows, with cleared and dry spaces here and there occupied by villages, are the leading features of this region . Fishing and hunting are the most important sources of livelihood . The characteristics of the oak region, which comprises all central Russia, are totally different . The surface is undulatory; marshy meadow lands no longer exist on the flat watersheds, and only a few in the deeper and broader river valleys . Forests are still numerous where they have not been destroyed by the hand of man, but their character has changed . Conifers are rare, and the Scotch pine, which is abundant on the sandy plains, takes the place of the Abies .
The forests are composed of the birch, oak and otherdeciduous trees, the soil is dry, and the woodlands are divided by green prairies . Viewed from rising ground, the landscape presents a pleasing variety of cornfield and forest, while the
See also:horizon is broken by the
See also:bell-towers of the numerous villages strung along the
See also:banks of the streams . Viewed as a whole, the flora of the forest region is to be regarded as Europea'n-Siberian; and, though certain species disappear towards the E., while new ones make their appearance, it maintains, on the whole, the same features throughout from Poland to
See also:Kamchatka . Thus the
See also:beech (Fagus sylvatica) is unable to survive the continental climate of Russia, and does not penetrate beyond Poland and the S.W. provinces, reappearing again in the Crimea . The
See also:fir does not extend over Russia, and the oak does not
See also:strip on the S. coast of the Crimea, where a climate similar to that of the Mediterranean coast has permitted the development of a flora closely resembling that of the valley of the Arno in Italy . Human cultivation has destroyed the abundant forests which sixty years ago made
See also:deer-hunting possible at Khersones . The
See also:olive and the
See also:chestnut are rare; but the beech reappears, and the Pinus pinaster recalls the
See also:Italian pines . At a few points, such as Nikita near Livadia and Alupka, where plants have been acclimatized by human agency, the Californian Wellingtonia, the
See also:Lebanon cedar, many
See also:evergreen trees, the
See also:laurel, the
See also:cypress, and even the Anatolian palm (Chamaerops excelsa) flourish . The grass vegetation is very rich, and, according to lists still incomplete, no fewer than 1654 flowering plants are known . But on the whole, the Crimean flora has little in common with that of the Caucasus.' Russia belongs to the same zoo-geographical region as central Europe and N . Asia, the same fauna extending in Siberia as far Fauna. as the
See also:Yenisei and the
See also:Lena . In the forests not many animals which have disappeared from W .
Europe have held their ground; while in the Urals only a few—now Siberian, but formerly also European—are met with . In S.E . Russia, however, towards the Caspian, there is a notable admixture of Asiatic species . Three separate sub-regions may, however, be distinguished on the E . European plains—the tundras, including the Arctic islands, the forest region, especially the coniferous part of it, and the ante-steppe and steppes of the black earth region . The Ural Mountains might be distinguished as a fourth sub-region, while the S. coast of the Crimea and Caucasia, as well as the Caspian deserts, have each their own individuality . The fauna of the Arctic Ocean off the
See also:Norwegian coast corresponds, in its W. parts at least, to that of the N . Atlantic Gulf Stream . The White Sea and the Arctic Ocean to the E. of Svyatoi Nos on the Kola peninsula belong to a separate zoological region, connected with, and hardly separable from, that part of the Arctic Ocean which washes the Siberian coast as far as the mouth of the Lena . The Black Sea, the fauna of which appears to be very rich, belongs to the Mediterranean region, slightly modified, while the Caspian partakes of the characteristic fauna inhabiting the lakes and seas of the Aral-Caspian depression . In the region of the tundras
See also:life has to contend with such unfavourable conditions that it cannot be abundant . Still, the
See also:reindeer frequents it for its lichens, and on the drier slopes of the
See also:moraine deposits there occur four species of
See also:lemming, hunted by the Arctic
See also:fox (Vulpes lagopus) .
See also:grouse (Lagopus albus), the
See also:ptarmigan (L. alpinus or mucus), the lark, the snow-
See also:bunting (Plectrophanes nivalis), two or three species of Sylvia, one Phylloscopus and a Motacilla must be added . Numberless aquatic birds visit it for breeding purposes . Ducks,
See also:divers, geese, gulls, all the Russian species of snipes and sandpipers (Limicolae, Tringae), &c., swarm on the marshes of the tundras and on the crags of the
See also:Lapland coast . The forest region, and especially its coniferous portion, though it has lost some of its representatives within historic times, still possesses an abundant fauna . The reindeer, rapidly disappearing, is now met with only in the governments of
See also:Olonets and
See also:Vologda; Cervus pygargus is found everywhere, and reaches Novgorod . The
See also:weasel, the fox and the hare are exceedingly common, as also are the
See also:wolf and the bear in the N., but the
See also:glutton (Gulo borealis), the lynx and the
See also:elk (C. slices) are rapidly disappearing . The wild boar is confined to the basin of the W . Dvina, and the Bison europea to the Byelovyezh forest in Grodno . The
See also:sable has quite disappeared, being found only on the Urals; the beaver may be trapped at a few places in Minsk, and the
See also:otter is very rare . On the other hand, the hare,
See also:partridge (Perdix cinerea),
See also:quail, lark, rook and
See also:stork find their way into the coniferous region as the forests are cleared . The avifauna of this region is very rich; it includes all the forest and
See also:garden birds known in W . Europe, as well as a very great variety of aquatic birds .
See also:list, still incomplete, of the birds of St Petersburg runs to 251 species . Hunting and
See also:shooting give occupation to a great number of persons . The
See also:reptiles are few . As for fishes, all those of W . Europe, except the
See also:carp, are met with in the lakes and rivers in immense quantities, the characteristic feature of the region being its
See also:wealth in Coregoni and in Salmonidae generally . In the ante-steppe the forest species proper, such as Pteromys volans and Tamias striatus, disappear, but common squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris), weasel and bear are still met with in the forests . The hare is increasing rapidly, as well as the fox . The avifauna, of course, becomes poorer; nevertheless, the woods of the steppe, and still more the forests of the ante-steppe, give
See also:refuge to many 1 Bibliography of Flora: Beketov, Appendix to Russian
See also:translation of Griesebach and Reclus's Geogr. univ . ; C . F. von Ledebour, Flora Rossica (
See also:Stuttgart, 1842–53) ; E . R. von Trautvetter, Rossiae Arcticae Plantae (188o), and Florae Rossicae Fontes (St Petersburg, i88o) . For flora of the tundras, Beketov's " Flora of Archangel," in M em .
Soc . Natur. of St Petersburg University, xv . (1884); Regel, Flora Rossica (1884) ;
See also:Brown, Forestry in the
See also:Mining Districts of the Urals (1885); Reports by Commissioners of Woods and Forests in Russia (1884).birds, even to
See also:hen (Tetrao bonasa), capercailzie (T. tetrix) and woodcock (T. urogallus) . The fauna of the scrub in the river valleys is decidedly rich, and includes aquatic birds . The destruction of the forests and the advance of wheat into the prairies are rapidly thinning the steppe fauna . The various species of rapacious animals are disappearing, together with the colonies of marmots; the insectivores are also becoming scarce in consequence of the destruction of
See also:insects; while vermin, such as the suslik, or pouched
See also:marmot (Spermophilus), and the destructive insects which are a scourge to agriculture, become a real plague . The
See also:absence of Coregoni is a characteristic feature of the fish-fauna of the steppes; the carp, on the contrary, reappears, and the rivers abound in
See also:sturgeon (Acipenseridae) . In the Volga below Nizhniy-Novgorod the sturgeon (Acipenser ruthenus), and others of .the same
See also:family, as well as a very great variety of ganoids and Teleostei, appear in such quantities that they give occupation to nearly 1oo,eoo
See also:people . The mouths of the Caspian rivers are especially celebrated for their wealth of fish ? Ethnography.—Remains of Palaeolithic man, contemporary with the large
See also:Quaternary mammals, are few in Russia; they have been discovered only in Poland, Poltava and Voronezh, and perhaps also on the Oka . Those of the later Lacustrine period, on the contrary, are so numerous that there is scarcely one lacustrine basin in the regions of the Oka, the Kama, the Dnieper, not to speak of the lake-region itself, and even the White Sea coasts, where remains of, Neolithic man have not been discovered . The Russian plains have been, however, the scene of so many migrations of successive races, that at many places a series of deposits belonging to widely distant epochs are found one upon another .
Settlements belonging to the
See also:Stone age, and manufactories of stone implements,
See also:burial-grounds of the
See also:Bronze epoch, earthen forts and burial-mounds (kurgans)—of this last four different types are known, the earliest belonging to the Bronze period--are superposed, rendering the task of unravelling their several relations one of great difficulty . Two different races—a brachycephalic and a dolichocephaliccan be distinguished among the remains of the earlier Stone period (Lacustrine period) as having inhabited the plains of E . Europe . But they are separated by so many generations from the earliest historic times that sure conclusions regarding them are impossible; at all events, as yet Russian archaeologists are not agreed as to whether the ancestors of the Slays were Sarmatians only or Scythians also, whose skulls have nothing in common with those of the Mongol
See also:race . The earliest data which may be regarded as established belong to the 1st century; when the Finns migrated from the N . Dvina region towards the W., and the Sarmatians were compelled to abandon the region of the Don, and cross the Russian steppes from E. to W., under the pressure of the Aorzes (the Mordvinian Erzya) and Siraks, who in their turn were soon followed by the
See also:Huns and Uigur-
See also:Avars . In the 7th century S . Russia was the seat of the empire of the
See also:Khazars, who drove the Bulgarians, descendants of the Huns, from the Don, one section of them migrating up the Volga to found there the Bulgarian empire, and the remainder travelling towards the Danube . This migration compelled the N . Finns to advance farther W., and a body of intermingled Tavasts and Karelians penetrated to the S. of the Gulf of Finland . s Bibliography of Fauna: see
See also:Pallas, Zoographia Rosso-Asiatica; Syevertsov for the birds of south-eastern Russia; M . A .
Bogdanov, Birds and Mammals of the Black-Earth Region of the Volga Basin (in Russian, Kazan, 1871) ; Karelin for' the southern Urals; Kessler for fishes; Strauch,Die Schlangen des Russ . Reiches, for reptiles generally; Rodoszkowski and the publications of the Entomological Society generally for insects; Czerniaysky for the marine fauna of the Black Sea; Kessler for that of Lakes Onega and Ladoga;
See also:Grimm for the Caspian . The fauna of the Baltic provinces is described in full in the Memoirs of the scientific bodies of these provinces . A . T. von Middendorf's Sibirische Reise, vol. iv., Zoology (St Petersburg, 1875), though dealing more especially with Siberia, is an invaluable source of information for the Russian fauna generally . A . E . Nordenskiold's Vega-expeditionens Vetenskapliga Iakttagelser (5 vols.,
See also:Stockholm, 1872–87) may be consulted for the mammals of the tundra region and marine fauna . For more detailed
See also:bibliographical information see Aperqu des travaux zoo-giographiques, published at St Petersburg in connexion with the
See also:Exhibition of 1878; and the
See also:index Ukazatel Russkoi Literatury for natural science,
See also:mathematics and
See also:medicine, published since 1872 by the Society of the Kiev University . the Russian
See also:peasant (not, be it noted, the trader) proves himself to be an excellent colonist . Three different branches can be distinguished among the Russians from the
See also:dawn of their
See also:history:—the Great Russians, the Little Russians (Malorusses or Ukrainians), and the White Russians (the (the Byelorusses) . These correspond to the two currents of immigration mentioned above—the N. and S., divisions with perhaps an intermediate stream, the proper place of of the White Russians not having been as yet exactly Russians. determined .
See also:primary distinctions between these branches have been increased during the last nine centuries by their contact with different nationalities—the Great Russians absorbing Finnish elements, the Little Russians undergoing an admixture of Turkish
See also:blood, and the White Russians submitting to Lithuanian influence . Moreover, notwithstanding the unity of language, it is easy to detect among the Great 'Russians themselves two separate branches, differing from one another by slight divergences of language and type and deep diversities of national character—the Central Russians and the Novgorodians . The latter extend throughout N . Russia into Siberia . Many minor anthropological differentiae can be distinguished among both the Great and the Little Russians, depending probably on the assimilation of various minor subdivisions of the Ural-Altaians . The Great Russians occupy in one compact mass the space enclosed by a line 'drawn from the White Sea to Lake Pskov, the upper courses of the W . Dvina and the Donets, and thence, through the mouth of the Sura; by the Vetluga, to the Mezen . To the E. of this boundary they are intermingled with Turko-Finns, but in the Ural mountains they reappear in a second compact body, and thence extend through S . Siberia and along the courses of the Lena and the Amur . Great Russian Nonconformists are disseminated among Little Russians in the governments of
See also:Chernigov and
See also:Mogilev, and they reappear in greater masses in Novoroissa (i.e . S . Russia), as also As early as the 8th century, and probably still earlier, a stream of Slav colonization, advancing E. from the Danube, poured over the plains of S.W .
Russia . It is also most probable that another similar stream—the N., coming from theElbe, through the basin of the Vistula—ought to be distinguished . In the 9th century the Slays occupied the upper Vistula, the S. of the Russian lacustrine region, and the W. of the central plateau . They had
See also:Lithuanians to the W.; various Finnish tribes, inter-mingled towards the S.E. with Turkish (the present
See also:Bashkirs); the Bulgars, whose origin still remains doubtful, on the middle Volga and Kama; and to the S.E. the Turkish-Mongol races of the Pechenegs, Polovtsi,
See also:Uzes, &c., while in the S., along the Black Sea, was the empire of the Khazars, who had under their
See also:rule several Slav tribes, and perhaps also some of Finnish origin . In the 9th century also the Ugrians are supposed to have left their Ural abodes and to have traversed S.E. and S . Russia on their way to the basin of the Danube . If the Slays be subdivided into three branches—the W . (Poles, Czechs and
See also:Wends), the S . (Servians, Bulgarians, Croatians, &c.), and the E . (Great, Little and White Russians), it will be seen that, with the exception of some 3,000,000 Little Russians, now settled in East Galicia and in Poland, and of a few on the southern slope of the Carpathians, the whole of the E . Slays occupy, as a compact body, W., central and S . Russia .
Like other races of mankind, the Russian race is not pure . The Russians have absorbed. and assimilated in the course of their history a variety of Finnish and Turko-Finnish elements . Still, craniological researches show that, notwithstanding this fact, the Slav type has been maintained with remarkable persistency: Slav skulls ten and thirteen centuries old exhibit the same anthropological features as those which characterize the Slays of our own day . This may be explained by a variety of causes, of which the chief is the
See also:maintenance by the Slays down to a very late period of gentile or tribal organization' and gentile marriages, a fact vouched for, not only in the pages of the Russian chronicler Nestor, but still more by visible social evidences, the gens later developing into the
See also:village community, and the colonization being carried on by large co-ordinated bodies of people . The Russians do not emigrate as isolated individuals; they migrate in whole villages . The overwhelming numerical superiority of the Slays, and the very great differences in ethnical type, belief and
See also:mythology between the Indo-European and the Ural-Altaic races, may have contributed to the same end . Moreover, while a Russian man, far away from home among Siberians, readily marries a native, the Russian woman seldom does the like . All these causes, and especially the first-mentioned, have enabled the Slays to maintain their ethnical purity in a relatively high degree, whereby they have been enabled to assimilate foreign elements and make them intensify or improve the ethnical type, without giving rise to half-breed races . The very same N . Russian type has thus been maintained from Novgorod to the Pacific, with but minor differentiations on the outskirts—and this notwithstanding the great variety of races with which the Russians have come into contact . But a closer observation of what is going on in the recently colonized confines of the empire—where whole villages live without mixing with the natives, but slowly bringing them over to the Russian manner of life, and then slowly taking in a few
See also:female elements from them—gives the
See also:key to this feature of Russian life . Not so with the national customs .
There are features—the wooden
See also:house, the oven, the bath—which the Russian never abandons, even when swamped in an
See also:alien population . But when settled among these the Russian—the N . Russian—readily adapts himself to many other differences . He speaks Finnish with Finns, Mongolian with
See also:Buriats, Ostiak with
See also:Ostiaks; he shows remarkable facility in adapting his agricultural practices to new conditions, without, however, abandoning the village community; he becomes
See also:hunter, cattle-breeder or fisherman, and carries on these occupations according to local usage; he modifies his
See also:dress and adapts his religious beliefs to the locality he inhabits . In consequence of all this,in N . Caucasia . The Little Russian's occupy the steppes of S . Russia, the S.W. slopes of the central plateau and those of the Carpathian and
See also:Lublin mountains,' and the Carpathian plateau, that is, the governments of Podolia, Volhynia, Poltava, and Kiev . The Zaporozhian Cossacks colonized the steppes farther E., towards the Don, where they met with a large population of Great Russian runaways, constituting the present Don Cossacks . The Zaporozhian Cossacks, sent by Catherine II. to colonize the E. coast of the Sea of Azov, constituted there the Black Sea and later the Kuban Cossacks (part of whom, the Nekrasovsty, migrated to
See also:Turkey) . They have also peopled large parts of the government of Stavropol and of N . Caucasia .
The White Russians, intermingled to some extent with Great and Little Russians, Poles and Lithuanians, occupy the upper parts of the W. slope of the central plateau . The Finnish races, which in prehistoric times extended from the Ob all over N . Russia, even then were subdivided into Ugrians, Permyaks, Bulgarians and Finns proper, who drove back the previous Lapp population from what is now Finland, and about the 7th century penetrated to the S. of the Gulf of Finland, in the region of the Livs and Kurs, where they fused to some extent with the Lithuanians and the Letts . At present the races of Finnish origin are represented in 'Russia by the following: (a) the W . Finns; the Tavasts, in central Finland; the Kvaens, in N.W . Finland; the Karelians, in the E., who also occupy the lake regions of Olonets and Archangel, and have settlements in Novgorod and Tver; the Izhores, on the Neva and the S.E. coast of the Gulf of Finland; the Esths, in
See also:Esthonia and the N. of Livonia; the Livs, on the Gulf of Riga; and the Kurs, intermingled with the Letts; (b) the N . Finns, or Lapps, in N . Finland and on the Kola peninsula, and the
See also:Samoyedes in Archangel and W . Siberia; (c) the Volga Finns, or rather the old Bulgarian branch, to which belong the
See also:Mordvinians, and the
See also:Cheremisses in Kazan, Kostroma and Vyatka, though they are classified by some authors with the following: (d) the Permyaks, or Cis-Uralian Finns, including the Votiaks on the E. of Vyatka, the Permyaks in
See also:Perm, the Syryenians or Zyryans in Vologda, Archangel, Vyatka and Perm; (e) the Ugrians, or Trans-Uralian Finns, including the Voguls on both slopes of the Urals, the Ostiaks in Tobolsk and partly in
See also:Tomsk, and the
See also:Magyars, or Ugrians . The following are the chief subdivisions of the Turko-Tatars in European Russia :—(1) The Tatars, of whom three different branches must be distinguished: (a) the Kazan Tatars on both banks of the Volga, below the mouth of the Oka, and on the lower Kama, but penetrating farther S. in
See also:Ryazan, Tambov, Samara,
See also:Simbirsk and
See also:Penza; (b) the Tatars of Astrakhan at the mouth of the Volga; and (c) those of the Crimea, a great many of whom emigrated to Turkey after the Crimean War (1854-56) . There are, besides, a certain number of Tatars in the S.E. in Minsk, Grodno and Vilna . (2) The Bashkirs, who inhabit the slopes of the S .
Urals, that is, the steppes of Ufa and Orenburg, extend also into Perm and Samara . (3) The
See also:Chuvashes, on the right bank of the Volga, in Kazan and Simbirsk . (4) The
See also:Meshcheryaks, a tribe of Finnish origin who formerly inhabited the basin of the Oka, and, driven thence during the 15th century by the Russian. colonists, immigrated into Ufa and Perm, where they now live among the Baskhirs, having adopted their religion and customs . (5) The Teptyars, also of Finnish origin . RELIGION] settled among the Tatars and Bashkirs in Samara and, Vyatka . The Bashkirs, Meshcheryaks and Teptyars rendered able service to the Russian government against the Khirgiz, and until 1863 they constituted a separate Cossack army . (6) The Khirgiz; whose true abodes were in Asia, in the
See also:Ishim and Khirgiz steppe . One section of them crossed the Urals and occupied the steppes between the Urals and the Volga; the remainder belong to Turkestan and Siberia . The Mongol race is represented in Russia by the Kalmucks, who inhabit the steppes of Astrakhan between the Volga, the Don and the Kama . They are Lamaists by religion and immigrated to the mouth of the Volga from
See also:Dzungaria, in the 17th century,
See also:driving out the Tatars and Nogais, and after many
See also:wars with the Don Cossacks, one part of them was taken in by the Don Cossacks, so that even now there are among these Cossacks several
See also:Kalmuck sotnias or squadrons . They live for the most part in tents, and support themselves by breeding live stock, and partly by agriculture . The Semitic race is represented by upwards of 5,000,000 Jews .
They first entered Poland from Germany during the era of the
See also:crusades, and soon spread through Lithuania, Courland, the Ukraine, and, in the 18th century, Bessarabia . The rapidity with which they peopled certain towns (e.g . Odessa) and the whole provinces was really prodigious . The
See also:law of Russia prohibits them from entering Great Russia, only the wealthiest and best educated enjoying this
See also:privilege; nevertheless they are met with everywhere, even on the Urals . Their chief abodes, however, continue to be Poland, the W. provinces of Lithuania, White and Little Russia, and Bessarabia . In Russian Poland they constitute 132 % of the total population . In Kovno, Vilna, Mogilev, Grodno, Volhynia, Podolia, Minsk,
See also:Vitebsk, Kiev, Bessarabia and Kherson, theyr constitute, on the average, 12 to 172 % of the population, while in the cities and towns of these governments they reach 30 to 59 % of the population . Organized as they are into a kind of community for mutual
See also:protection and mutual help, they soon become masters of the trade wherever they penetrate . In the villages they are mostly innkeepers, intermediaries in trade and pawnbrokers . In many towns most of the skilled labourers and a great many of the unskilled (for instance, the grain-porters at Odessa and elsewhere) are Jews . The Jews of the Karaite
See also:sect differ entirely from the orthodox Jews both in worship and in mode of life . They, too, are inclined to trade, but they also carry on agriculture successfully .
Those inhabiting the Crimea speak Tatar, and the few who are settled in W . Russia speak
See also:Polish . They are on good terms with the Russians . Of W . Europeans, the Germans only attain considerable numbers in European Russia . In the Baltic provinces they constitute the ennobled landlord class, and are the tradesmen and artisans in the towns . Considerable numbers of Germans, tradesmen and artisans, settled at the invitation of the Russian government in many of the larger towns as early as the 16th century, and to a much greater extent in the 18th century . Numbers were invited in 1762 to settle in S . Russia, as separate agricultural colonies, and these have since then gradually extended into the Don region and N . Caucasia . Protected as they were by the right of self-government, exempted from military service, and endowed with considerable allotments of good land, these colonies are much wealthier than the neighbouring Russian peasants, from whom they have adopted the slowly modified village community . They are chiefly
See also:Lutherans, but many of them belong to other religious sects—Anabaptists, Moravians, Meinonites .
During the closing years of the 19th century great, numbers of Germans flocked into the
See also:industrial governments of Poland, namely, Piotrkow, Warsaw and
See also:Kalisz . The Rumanians (Moldavians) inhabit the governments of Bessarabia, Podolia, Kherson and Ekaterinoslay . In Bessarabia they constitute from one-fourth to three-fourths of the population of certain districts, and nearly 50% of the entire population of the government . On the whole the Novorossian governments (Bessarabia, Kherson, Ekaterinoslav and
See also:Taurida) exhibit the greatest variety of population . Little and Great Russians, Rumanians, Bulgarians; Germans, Greeks, Frenchmen, Poles, Tatars and Jews are mingled together and scattered about in small colonies, especially in Bessarabia . The Greeks inhabit chiefly the towns, where they are traders, as also do the Armenians, scattered through the towns of S . Russia, and appearing in larger numbers only in the
See also:district of Rostov . The Lithuanians prevail in Kovno, Vilna and
See also:Suwalki; and the Letts, who are, however, more scattered, are chiefly concentrated in Vitebsk, Courland and Livonia . In the Baltic provinces (Esthonia,Livonia and Courland) the prevailing population is Esthonian, Kuronian or Lettish, the Germans being respectively only 3.8, 7.6 and 8.2 % of the population . The relations of the Esths and Letts with their landlords are any-thing but friendly . The governments of St Petersburg (apart from the capital), Olonets and Archangel contain an admixture of Karelians, Samoyedes and Syryenians, the remainder being Great Russians . In the E. and S.E. provinces of the Volga (Nizhniy-Novgorod, Simbirsk, Samara, Penza and
See also:Saratov) the Great Russians prevail, the remainder being chiefly Mordvinians, Tatars, Chuvashes and885 Bashkirs, Germans in Samara and Saratov, and Little Russians in the last named .
In the Ural governments of Perm and Vyatka Great Russians are in themajority, the remainder being a variety of Finno-Tatars . In the S . Ural governments (Uralsk, Orenburg, Ufa) the admixture of Turko-Tatars—of Kirghiz in Uralsk, Bashkirs in Orenburg and Ufa, and less important races—becomes considerable . The state religion is that of the Orthodox Greek
See also:Church (Orthodox Catholic or Orthodox Eastern Church) . Its head is the
See also:tsar; but although he makes and annuls all Religion. appointments, he does not determine questions of dogmatic
See also:theology . The principal ecclesiastical authority is the
See also:Holy Synod, the head of which, the Procurator, is one of the council of ministers and exercises very wide
See also:powers in ecclesiastical matters . In theory all religions may be freely professed, except that certain restrictions, such as domicile,' are laid upon the Jews; but in actual fact the dissenting sects are more or less severely treated . According to returns published in 19o5 the adherents of the different religious communities in the whole of the Russian empire numbered approximately as follows, though the heading Orthodox Greek includes a very great many Raskolniki or Dissenters . Indeed it is estimated that there are more than 12,000,000 Dissenters in Great Russia alone . Orthodox Greek . 87,123,600 Dissenters 2,204,600 Armenian Gregorians 1,179,240 Armenian Catholics . 38,84o
See also:Roman Catholics .
11,468,000 Lutherans 3,572,650 Reformed 85,400
See also:Baptists 38,140
See also:Mennonites . 66,56o Anglicans 4,18o Other Christians 3,950 Karaite Jews 12,900 Jews 5,215,800 Mahommedans 13,907,000 Buddhists 433,860 Other non-Christians . ' 285,300 Total . 125,640,020 The ecclesiastical heads of the national Orthodox Greek Church consist of three metropolitans (St Petersburg, Moscow, Kiev), fourteen archbishops and fifty bishops, all drawn from the ranks of, the monastic (celibate)
See also:clergy . The parochial clergy are celibate in so far as they must be married when appointed, but if left widowers may not marry again . All Russians, with the exception of a number of White Russians who belong to the
See also:United Greek Church (see ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH), profess the Orthodox Greek faith or belong to one or other of the numberless dissident sects . The Poles and most of the Lithuanians are Roman Catholics . The Esths and all other Western Finns, the Germans and the Swedes are
See also:Protestant . The Tatars, Bashkirs and Kirghiz are Mahommedans; but the last-named have to a great extent maintained along with Mahommedanism their old
See also:Shamanism . The same holds good of the Meshcheryaks, both Moslem and Christian . The Mordvinians are nearly all Orthodox Greek, as also are the Votyaks, Voguls, Cheremisses and Chuvashes, but their religions are, in reality, modifications of Shamanism under the influence of some Christian and Moslem beliefs . The Moguls, though baptized, are in fact believers in
See also:fetishism as much as the unconverted Samoyedes .
Finally, the Kalmucks are Lamaite Buddhists . In his relations with Moslems, Buddhists and even fetishists the Russian peasant looks rather to conduct than to creed, the latter being in his view simply a
See also:matter of
See also:nationality . Indeed, towards paganism, at least, he is perhaps even more than tolerant, preferring on the whole to keep on, good terms with
See also:pagan divinities . The numerous outbreaks against the Jews are directed, not against their creed, but against them as keen business men and extortionate money-lenders . Any idea of proselytism is quite foreign to the ordinary Russian mind, and the outbursts of proselytizing zeal occasionally manifested by the clergy are really due to the
See also:desire for " Russification;" and traceable to the influence of the higher clergy and of the government . I The restrictions on domicile were to some extent relaxed in the beginning of 1907 . It is this political rather than religious spirit which also underlies the repressive attitude of the government, and of the Orthodox Church as the
See also:organ of the government, ko nRas- towards the various dissident sects (Raskolniki, from raskol,
See also:schism), which for more than two centuries past have played an important part in the popular life of Russia, and, since the political developments of the end of the 19th and early years of the loth century, have tended to do so more and more . To understand the problem of the Raskolniki it is necessary to bear two things in mind: the fundamental principle of Eastern Orthodoxy as distinct from Western Catholicism, and the
See also:identification in Russia of the National Church with the National State . The very basis of Orthodoxy is that the Church is by Christ's ordinance unalterable, that its traditional forms, every one of which is a vehicle of saving
See also:grace, were established in the beginning by Christ and his apostles, and that consequently nothing may be added or altered . The trouble began early in the 17th century with the attempt, made in connexion with the printing of the liturgical books, to emend certain ritual details in which there was proved to have been a departure from
See also:primitive usage;" it came to a head under the
See also:Nikon (q.v.) . Under his influence a synod endorsed the changes in 1654; one
See also:bishop alone, Paul of Colomna, dissented, and he was deposed, knouted and kept in prison till he died mad . In 1656 the synod anathematized the adherents of the old forms, and the anathema was confirmed by those of 1666 and 1667 .
To the conservatives, known subsequently as Old Ritualists or Old Believers, this marked the beginning of the reign of
See also:Antichrist (was not 666 the number of the Beast?); but they continued the struggle, conservative opposition to the Westernizing policy of the tsars, which was held responsible for the introduction of Polish luxury and Latin
See also:heresy, giving it a political as well as a religious character . The rising of the Strelitsi in 1682 all but gave them the victory; the crushing of the rising relegated them definitely to the status of schismatics . They were placed in still completer antagonism to the established Orthodox Church by the innovations of
See also:Peter the Great . The
See also:Muscovite tsars had pursued them with
See also:fire and sword . The Russian emperors, having established them-selves as heads of the Church and the Holy Synod as a state department, were not likely willingly to tolerate their existence . The Raskol was threatened with extinction by the gradual dying out of its priests, which led to a further schism within itself, into the Popovshchina (with priests) and the Bezpopovshchina (without priests) . The Popovsti, who were served by priests converted from the Orthodox Church; made their head-quarters in the
See also:island of Werka, in a tributary of the Dnieper, in Poland (1695), and after its destruction by the government in 1735 and again in 1764, at Starodubye in the government of Chernigov, whence their
See also:doctrine spread in the country of the Don . In 1771 their headquarters were fixed at Moscow, in the Rogoshkiy cemetery assigned to them during the plague; here they had a monastery, seminary and
See also:cOnsistory, until they were ejected by the emperor Nicholas I . In 1832 priests were forbidden to join them, and they had to apply to a deposed Bosnian metropolitan, who became their chief bishop, establishing his see in the monastery of Belokrinitsa in Bukovina . In 1862 the synod of the Popovshchina passed a circular
See also:letter making advances to the government with a view to a corn-promise, which was arranged on the basis of the Old Believers consenting to accept the ministrations of Orthodox priests on
See also:condition that they should use the unrevised books . This led to a further schism into three sections: those who recognize the metropolitan and the. compromise (Edinovyertsi), those who recognize the metropolitan but repudiate the compromise, those who repudiate both (Bieglopopovtsi) . There had already been other schisms on such questions as the right way to
See also:swing a censer and the legality of self-immolation for the
See also:sake .
The Bezpopovtsi, known also as Pomoranye, because they are 1 The most important alterations were the repetition twice, instead of three times, of the " Alleluiah " at theEucharist, and the making the sign of the cross with two fingers instead of three.mainly found in the sparsely populated country near the White Sea, are in some ways more remarkable . They reject the ministration of priests altogether, since in the time of Antichrist (i.e. the heretic tsar) the only
See also:sacrament that remains is
See also:baptism . They therefore elect elders, who expound the Scriptures, baptize and hear confessions . They are, however, in no sense evangelicals in the Western sense; for they observe rigorous fasts, reverence icons, and believe implicitly in the efficacy of the multiplication of crossings, bowings and prostrations . They have, moreover, thrown off from time to time a number of extravagant offshoots . Such are the Philippovsti, founded by one
See also:Philip (who burned himself alive for Christ's sake in 1743), who have exalted self-immolation into a principle; the Siranniki (pilgrims) and Byeguni (runners), who interpret Matt . X . 37 if. literally, and reject legal
See also:marriage; the Nyetovsti (denyers), who deny the
See also:necessity for common worship, since there are no priests; the Molchalyniki (mutes), whom no torture can persuade to utter a word . Closely akin to these, though not derived from the Old Believers, are certain mystic sects which deny the efficacy of the sacraments altogether . Of these the most remarkable are the so-called Khlysti (" flagellants," from klyesat, " to strike, lash," but possibly a corruption of Khristi, Christs ") . They originated in 1645, when, according to their belief,
See also:God the
See also:Father descended in a chariot of fire on
See also:Mount Gorodim, in the province of Vladimir, and took up his abode in a peasant named Daniel Philippov, who
See also:chose another peasant, named
See also:Ivan Suslov, for his son, the Christ . Suslov selected a "
See also:mother of God " and twelve apostles .
Though twice crucified and once flayed by
See also:order of the tsar, he always rose again, and did not die till 1716 . Suslov chose a successor in one Prokopiy Lupkin, and since then—in the belief of the sect—every generation, even; every community, has had its Christ and its " mother of God," who are worshipped by reason of the Divine Spirit dwelling in them . It is the
See also:duty of all believers to strive to become one or other of these by subduing the flesh, which is the product of Evil, and all motions of the will . Each community is pre-sided over by an "
See also:angel," or
See also:prophet, and a prophetess, whose word is law . All alike are subject to the twelve commandments issued by the " Sabaoth," that is to say Daniel Philippov . These include the prohibition of alcoholic drink, of fleshly sins and of marriage, and the inculcation of faith in the Holy Ghost and complete surrender to his influence . At their prayer-meetings the Khlysti dance to the accompaniment of
See also:hymns, the dance gradually developing into a wild
See also:spinning which is kept up till they drop, foaming at the mouth and prophesying . Perhaps the most remarkable fact about this sect is that it is secret, and that its members ostensibly belong to the Orthodox Church . An offshoot of the Khlysti is the more celebrated secret sect of the
See also:Skoptsi (skopets, a
See also:eunuch), which represents an extreme ascetic reaction from the promiscuous immorality of some (by no means all) of the Khlysti . Their idea of attaining salvation is self-mutilation according to the counsel of perfection implied in Matta xix . 12 and xviii . 8, 9 .
The " royalseal " is complete self-castration; partial mutilation is known as the " second purity." In the case of women the mutilation usually takes the
See also:form of amputation of the breasts . This horrible sect, which was founded by one Selivanov in the last quarter of the 18th century, seems to-have a morbid attraction for people of all classes in Russia, and all the efforts of the government have not succeeded in stamping it out (see SKOPTSI) . Closer akin to certain Western forms of dissidence from traditional Catholicism, though of native growth, are the Molokani, so called popularly because they continue to drink milk (moloko) during fasts . Their origin is unknown, but they are officially mentioned as early as 1765 . They
See also:style themselves " truly spiritual Christians," and in their rejection of the sacraments, their indifference to outward forms, and their insistence on the spiritual
See also:interpretation of the Bible (" the letter killeth "), they are closely akin to the
See also:Quakers, whom they resemble also in their inoffensive mode of life and the practice of mutual help . From the Molokani the Dukhobortsi, in England better known as
See also:Doukhobors (q.v.), are distinguished by their subordination of the Scriptures to the authority of the " inner light." They are dualists, like the
See also:Bogomils (q.v.), ascribing the body to a fall from a state when the soul was on the same
See also:plane as God . The Incarnation was no isolated
See also:historical occurrence, but it is repeated over and over again in the faithful, each one of whom is in a certain sense God, by virtue of the indwelling Spirit . Both the Molokani and the Dukhobortsi deny the authority of the
See also:civil government as such, and
See also:object on principle to military service . The former, however, give little trouble; on the other hand, the government has from time to time proceeded with extreme severity against the Dukhobortsi, whose refusal to serve in the army, if allowed to go unpunished, would have set a contagious example . Dissidence of all kinds has made a considerable advance since the emancipation of the
See also:serfs in 1861, the increase—as might be expected in a wholly illiterate population—being greatest in the more extravagant sects . On the other hand, Western Protestantism has also made great headway, notably the Stundists, whose rationalistic-Protestant teaching has gained a firm foothold especially in Little Russia, where the Raskol never penetrated . The Baptists have also made considerable progress, notably among the Molokani.l Social Conditions.—The old subdivisions of the . population into orders possessed of unequal rights is still maintained .
The great mass of the people, 81.6%, belong to the peasant order, the others being:
See also:nobility, 1%3%; clergy, 0.9; the burghers and merchants, 9.3; and military, 6•r . Thus more than 88 millions of the Russians are peasants . Half of them were formerly serfs (10,447,149
See also:males in 1858)—the remainder being " state peasants " (9,194,891 males in 1858, exclusive of the Archangel government) and " domain peasants " (842,740 males the same year) . The serfdom which had sprung up in Russia in the 16th century, and became consecrated by law in 2609, taking, how-ever, nearly one hundred and fifty years to attain its full growth, was abolished in 1861 . This
See also:act liberated the serfs from a yoke which was really terrible, even under the best landlords, and from this point of view it was obviously an immense benefit.' But it was far from securing corresponding economic results . The
See also:household servants or dependents attached to the
See also:personal service of their masters were merely set free; and they entirely went to reinforce the
See also:proletariat . The peasants proper received their houses and orchards, and allotments of arable land . These allotments were given over to the rural commune (mir), which was made responsible, as a whole, for the payment of taxes for the allotments . For these allotments the peasants had to pay, as before, either by personal labour or by a fixed
See also:rent . The allotments could be redeemed by them with the help of the crown, and then they were freed from all obligations to the landlord . The crown paid the land-lord in obligations representing the capitalized rent, and the peasants had to pay the crown, for
See also:forty-nine years, 6%
See also:interest on this capital . The redemption was not calculated on the value of the allotments of land, but was considered as a compensation for the loss of the compulsory labour of the serfs; so that throughout Russia, with the exception of a few provinces in the S.E., it was—and still remains, notwithstanding a very great increase in the value of land—much higher than the market value of the allotment .
Moreover, many proprietors contrived to curtail seriously the allotments which the peasants had possessed under serfdom, and frequently they deprived them of precisely the parts which they were most in need of, namely, pasture lands around their houses, and forests . The effect of this, craftily calculated beforehand, was to compel the peasants to rent pasture lands from the landlord at anyprice . 1 See N . Tsakni, Russie sectaire (1888) ; A . Leroy-
See also:Beaulieu, L'Empire des Tsars, tome iii . (1889; trans . 1896); C . K . Grass, Russische Sekten (1907 sqq.) . Further useful references are given in Bonwetsch's article, Raskolniken," in Herzog-Hauck, Realencyklop . (3rd ed., 1905), vol. xvi. p . 436 .
2 It was only as late as 1904, however, that the landed proprietors were forbidden by law to inflict
See also:corporal punishment upon the peasants . The present condition of the peasants—according to official documents—appears to be as follows . In the twelve central governments they grow, on the average, sufficient rye-
See also:bread for only 200 days in the year—often for only 180 and too days . One quarter of them have received allotments of only 2.9 acres per male, and one-half less than 8.5 to 11.4 acres—the normal
See also:size of the allotment necessary to the subsistence of a family under the three-fields system being estimated at 28 to 42 acres . Land must thus of necessity be rented from the landlords at fabulous prices . The aggregate value of the redemption and land taxes often reaches 185 to 275% of the normal rental value of the allotments; not to speak of taxes for recruiting purposes, the church, roads, local administration and so on, chiefly levied from the peasants . The arrears increase every year; one-fifth of the inhabitants have left their houses; cattle are disappearing . Every year more than half the adult males (in some districts three-fourths of the men and one-third of the women) quit their homes and wander throughout Russia in
See also:search of labour . In the governments of the black-earth region the state of matters is hardly better . Many peasants took the " gratuitous allotments," whose amount was about one-eighth of the normal allotments . The average allotment in Kherson is only 0.90 acre, and for allotments from 2.9 to 5.8 acres the peasants pay 5 to lo roubles of redemption tax . The state peasants are better off, but still they are emigrating in masses .
It is only in the steppe. governments that the situation is more hopeful . In Little Russia, where the allotments were personal (the mir existing only among state peasants), the state of affairs does not differ for the better, on account of the high redemption taxes . In the W. provinces, where the land was valued cheaper and the allotments somewhat increased after the Polish insurrection, the general situation might be better were it not for the former misery of the peasants . Finally, in the Baltic provinces nearly all the land belongs to theGerman land-lords, who either
See also:farm the land themselves, with hired labourers, or let it in small farms . Only one-fourth of the peasants are farmers, the remainder being mere labourers, who are emigrating in great numbers . The situation of the former serf-proprietors is also unsatisfactory . Accustomed to the use of compulsory labour, they have failed to accommodate themselves to the new conditions . The millions of roubles of redemption money received from the crown have been spent without any real or lasting agricultural improvements having been affected . The forests have been sold, and only those land-lords are prospering who exact
See also:rack-rents for the land without which the peasants could not live upon their allotments . During the years 1861 to 1892 the land owned by the nobles decreased 30%, or from 210,000,000 to 150,000,000 acres; during the following four years an additional 2,119,500 acres were sold; and since then the sales have gone on at an accelerated rate, until in 1903 alone close upon 2,000,000 acres passed out of their hands . On the other hand, since 1861, and more especially since 1882, when the Peasant Land Bank was founded for making advances to peasants who were desirous of purchasing land, the former serfs, or rather their descendants, have between 1883 and 1904 bought about 19,500,000 acres from their former masters . There has been an increase of wealth among the few, but along with this a general impoverishment of the mass of the people, and the
See also:peculiar institution of the mir, framed on the principle of community of ownership and occupation of the land, was not conducive to the growth of individual effort .
In November 1906, however, the emperor Nicholas II. promulgated a provisional
See also:ukaz permitting the peasants to become freeholders of allotments made at the time of emancipation, all redemption dues being remitted . This measure, which was endorsed by the third Duma in an act passed on the 21st of December 1908, is calculated to have far-reaching and profound effects upon the rural
See also:economy of Russia . Thirteen years previously the government had endeavoured to secure greater fixity and permanence of tenure by providing that at least twelve years must elapse between every two redistributions of the land belonging to a mir amongst those entitled to
See also:share in it.' The ukaz of November 1906 had provided that the various strips of land held by each peasant should be merged into a single holding; the Duma, however, on the advice of the government, left this to the future, as an ideal that could only gradually be realized . The co-operative spirit of the Great Russians shows itself in another sphere in the
See also:artel, which has been a prominent feature of Russian life since the dawn of history . The artel `•Artels." very much resembles the co-operative society of W . Europe, with this difference that it makes its appearance without 8 See Collection of Materials on the Village Community, vol. i.; Collection of Materials on Landholding, and Statistical Descriptions of Separate Governments, published by several zemstvos (Moscow, Tver, Nyzhniy-Novgorod, Tula, Ryazan, Tambov, Poltava, Saratov, &c.); Kawelin, The Peasant Question; Vasilchikov, Land
See also:Property and Agriculture (2 vols.), and Village Life and Agriculture; Ivanukov, The Fall of Serfdom in Russia; Shashkov, " Peasantry in the Baltic' Provinces,' in Russkaya Mysl . (1883), iii. and ix.; V . V., Agric . Sketches of Russia; Golovachov, Capital and Peasant Farming; Engelhardt's Letters from the Country, any impulse from theory, simply as a spontaneous outgrowth of popular life . When workmen from any province come, for 'instance, to St Petersburg to engage in the textile
See also:industries, or to work as carpenters, masons, &c., they immediately unite in groups of ten to fifty persons, settle in a house together, keep a common table and pay each his part of the expense to the elected elder of the artel . All over Russia there is a network of such artels—in the cities, in the forests, on the banks of the rivers, on journeys and even in the prisons . The industrial artel is almost as frequent as the preceding. in all those trades which admit of it .
Artels of one or two hundred carpenters, bricklayers, &c., are common wherever new buildings have to be erected, or railways orbridges .constructed; the
See also:con-tractors always prefer to deal with an artel, rather than with separate workmen . It is needless to add that the wages divided by the artels are higher than those earned by isolated workmen . Finally, a great number of artels on the stock
See also:exchange, in the seaports, in the great cities, during the great fairs and on railways have grown up, and have acquired the confidence of tradespeople to such an extent that considerable sums of money and complicated banking operations are frequently handed over 'to an artelshik (member of an artel) without any
See also:receipt, his number or his name being accepted as sufficient
See also:guarantee . These artels are recruited only on personal acquaintance with the candidates for membership . Co-operative societies have also been organized by several zemstvos . They have achieved good results, but do not exhibit, on the whole, the same unity of organization as those which have arisen in a natural way among the peasants and artisans . The chief occupation of approximately seven-eighths of the population of European Russia is agriculture, but its character Agri- varies considerably according to the soil, the climate and the geographical position of the different regions . A culture. sinuous line drawn from Zhitomir via Kiev, Tula and Kazan to Ufa—that is, from W.S.W. to E.N.E.—separates the " northern soils " from the " southern soils." . To the S. of this line, as far as the sandy deserts of Astrakhan and the steppes of N . Caucasia, lies the " black earth " region . Broadly speaking, the forests here yield to steppes, and the soil is very fertile; but the whole region suffers periodically from drought . The "northern soils," which are glacial deposits more or less redistributed by water, are much less fertile as a rule, and consist of all possible varieties from a tough boulder clay.to loose sand .
Both N. and S. of this line it is customary to distinguish several zones, lying, generally, parallel to it, and differentiated chiefly by
See also:climatic differences . In the tundras of the extreme N. agriculture does not exist; the reindeer constitutes the principal wealth of the nomad Samoyedes and Lapps . In the forest region S. of the tundras, which extends over an area of more than 500,000 sq. m., agriculture is carried on with great difficulty, not only because of the infertility of the soil, but also because of the severity of the climate and the fact that there are only three to four months in the year during which agriculture can be carried on . Apart from hunting and fishing, the exploitation of the forests provides the principal occupation of the inhabitants . Crops, chiefly 'barley, rye, oats, turnips and green crops, are, however, grown on clearings in the forest, though the yield is poor . S. of 6o° N. agriculture becomes the predominant
See also:industry, while the exploitation of the forests plays only a secondary part . In this zone, which extends over an area of nearly 600,000 sq. m., and on the S. touches the agrarian line already mentioned, the principal crops are rye and oats, with barley and wheat coming next, though flax and green crops are also grown . Cattle have to he housed for the winter . In the W. of this zone, that is in the Baltic provinces, the climate is less severe as well as moister . Agriculture is carried on in a more intelligent manner, and the yield is higher . Flax is almost of as much importance as wheat, and the potato is More cultivated than in any other part of Russia .
See also:Hardy fruit thrives, and live-stock breeding prospers .
In the W. governments of Kovno, Vitebsk, Vilna, Mogilev, Minsk and Grodno the climate is more temperate, but agriculture is more backward than in the Baltic provinces . The three-
See also:field system of cropping a patch of land until its fertility is exhausted, and then allowing it to revert to the primeval condition, is still pursued, and both landowners and peasantry suffer from want of capital and lack of agricultural training . Flax is one of the principal exports of this region, timber being another . In middle Russia the winters are both longer and harder, and agriculture is consequently carried on under greater difficulties . One of the most serious of these is caused not by the unfavourable character of the climate- but by the shortness of labour . Since their emancipation in 186f, the peasants of the central governments of Russia have in large numbers drifted away into-the black earth zone, or have gone to the factories . The methods of agriculture are still unscientific and unprogressive . Rye is the
See also:crop, though
See also:buckwheat, flax, green crops and the potato are cultivated in considerable quantities . Agriculture is most advanced in the W. of the black earth zone, that is in the governments of Kiev, Podolia, Poltava and in. part of Kharkov . The winters are less severe, and
See also:modern agricultural machinery is generally employed, at all events on the larger estates.,In consequence of these more favourable conditions there is greater variety in the cropping; a good deal of wheat is grown, as well as beetroot for sugar, fibre plants and oleaginous plants, fruit, and even (W. of the Dnieper) the
See also:vine . Live-stock breeding is likewise in a more prosperous condition . The
See also:rest of the black earth zone, which stretches from these governments N.E. to the Volga, is less favoured by nature; the winters are longer and more, inclement, and droughts are not uncommon .
When this happens there is great suffering from
See also:famine, for wheat is the crop upon which the people principally depend, though rye, buckwheat and oats are also cultivated . But a long course of continuous cropping with these grain crops, without affording compensation to the soil in the form of manure or deep cultivation, has so exhausted it that its productiveness has sadly deteriorated . The consequence is that the peasantry are constantly in a state bordering on destitution, and exposed to the horrors of famine, like those which visited them ,in 1890 and . 1898, and threatened in 1907 . S. of the above zone come the S. steppes . In the W., in Bessarabia, the three chief products are
See also:wine and hardy fruit, especially plums . Here the climate is temperate and fairly moist, but farther E. it is distinctly more arid . Wheat is the principal crop, with barley second . Water-melons, sun-
See also:flowers and flax, both the last two for oil, are usual crops . But the breeding of horses and sheep is of equal importance with agriculture . Here again both capital and labour are
See also:short, and the cultivation of the soil suffers from the fact that, owing to the absence of timber, dry dung is used for fuel instead of being employed as manure . The steppe conditions extend over the greater part of the Crimea and up to the foothills of the Caucasus .
The actual distribution of. arable land, forests and meadows, in European Russia and Poland is shown in the following table : European Russia . Poland . Acres . Per- Acres . Per- centage . centage . Arable land 301,435,000 26 16,900,000 53 Meadows and 185,498,000 16 6,059,000 19 pasturages . Forests 452,152,000 39 7,334,000 23 Uncultivated . 220,279,000 19 1,594,000 5 Total 1,159,364,000 100 31,887,000 100 The land in European Russia and Poland (Caucasia being excluded) is divided amongst the different classes of owners as follows: European Russia . Poland . Acres. centage . Acres. centage .
See also:im- 400,816,000 35 1,8o8,000 5%-, perial family Peasants . 446,657,000 381 13,584,000 42; Private owners, 245,835,000 21 15,106,000 472 towns, &c . Unfit for culti- 66,056,000 5~ 1,389,000 41 vation . . Total 1,159,364,000 100 31,887,000 100 Down to January 1st 1903, the peasants had actually redeemed out of the. land allotted to them in 1861 a total of 280,530,516 acres . In Poland the peasants as a body have, in addition to the land thus assigned to them by the government, bought some 21 million acres since 1863, and of this quantity they
See also:purchased no less than 1,60o,000 acres, or 64% of the whole, between 1893 and 1905 . Taking the whole of European Russia and Poland, almost exactly two-thirds of the total area is sown every year with cereals . But generally in from 18 to 33 out of the 72 governments in European Russia (including,Caucasia) and Poland the yield of cereals is not sufficient for the wants of the people . In 30 to 40 governments, however, there is in most years a surplus available for export . Out of the total acreage under cereals 34% is generally sown with rye, 26% with wheat, 2o% with oats and 1o2 % with barley . Beetroot (6-8 million tons annually) for sugar is especially cultivated in Poland, the governments of Kiev, Podolia, Volhynia, Kharkov, Bessarabia and Kherson . About 1oo,00o tons of tobacco are grown annually in the S . Flax and
See also:hemp occupy considerable acreages in central and N.W .
Russia . The vine is cultivated as far N. as 490 N . (in Bessarabia, Crimea, Don Cossacks territory and Caucasia), the
See also:annual production of wine amounting to 35-50 million gallons, three-fifths in Caucasia . Market-gardening and fruit-growing are profitable occupations in certain parts of S. and central Russia, and have led recently to the
See also:establishment of factories for canning fruit and for making. jam and pickles . Transcaucasia supplies, chiefly from the government:. of Erivan, some 12,000 tons of raw cotton annually . The
See also:tea plant thrives and is being planted fairly rapidly on the Black Sea littoral in Transcaucasia . Live-stock are diminishing in numbers all round: in the case of horses, from 21 per loo inhabitants in 1882 to If per too in-habitants in 1904; of cattle, from 31 in 1851 to 23 in 1882 and 27 in 1904; sheep, from 56 to 46 and 41 in the years named respectively; and pigs, from 13 to 9 and to respectively .
See also:Recent investigations in the government of Moscow have revealed that 40% of the peasant households possessed no horses, and similar inquiries in 41 governments elicited the fact that 28 % of the peasant house-holds were without horses, although of the total number of horses in the country 82 % belong to the peasantry . The animal commonly met with is small and possessed of very little strength; the best are those of Poland, the W. governments and the S. steppe country . Both the horses of the Cossacks and the bityug race of S . Russia are
See also:fine animals, and those of the Kirghiz, though not big, are famous for their endurance . 'Finland ponies are exported in large numbers .
The best bred races of cattle are those of Poland, the W. provinces, Little Russia and the far N . (Kholmogory) . Of the 55 million sheep kept in Russia only-about 15 millions belong to the fine
See also:merino breed, and these are pastured chiefly on the Black Sea steppes . Modern
See also:dairy-farming is only just beginning in Russia, but
See also:butter is being exported in increasing quantities to W . Europe, including Great Britain . Poultry-farming is being more extensively engaged in, and vast numbers of eggs are exported . Agriculture stands at a low level in Russia . The landowners are often poor, and suffer from want of capital and lack of enter-prise . The peasantry are impoverished, and in many parts live on the
See also:verge of
See also:starvation for the greater part of the year . While the methods of agriculture have generally shown little, if any, advance, the population is increasing rapidly; and although since the emancipation of the peasants the average annual export of cereals has increased from less than i million tons in 186o to over 6 million tons in 1900, this result has been attained largely by the repeated cropping to exhaustion of the soil . Thus the cultivators, whether
See also:noble or peasant, have not profited much from the
See also:change in their economic circumstances brought about by the social emancipation of 1861 . Agriculture suffers from the widespread poverty of the agricultural classes, from the
See also:taxation which weighs unjustly upon the peasantry, from their lack of education, their technical
See also:ignorance and national indolence, and from the absence of those progressive institutions (e.g. co-operative buying) by means of which the peasantry of Denmark have so wonderfully improved their position .
As illustrating the general impoverishment of the Russian peasantry, it may be stated that the arrears of taxation owed. by them have increased enormously since 1882, when they amounted to £2,854,000, until in 1900 the total amount was put at £13,222,000 . And,
See also:strange to say, the heaviest arrears are due from the fertile black earth region of S . Russia, namely, 8o% of their total indebtedness . Within recent years, however, some efforts have been, made both by the Ministry of Agriculture and by the more enlightened of the zemstvos to improve the education of the peasantry, but the progress achieved has been small . The methods adopted by the zemstvos for improving the condition of agriculture have included the formation of agricultural coancils, the
See also:appointment of inspectors, and the founding of museums, meteorological stations and depots for the sale of agricultural machinery . Measures are being taken by the zemstvos to increase the very low productivity of the forests . These cover a considerable area, as may be seen by the following table for 1904: Region . Square
See also:Miles . Percentage of Total Area . European Russia 706,5 39 Poland 11,500 23 Finland 79,000 55 Caucasia . . . 29,200 'i6 Total .
826,200 ~ 39 The distribution of forests is very unequal, the area covered by them in the various governments varying from 70% of the total area in the Ural governments of Perm and Ufa, and 68 % in Olonets and Archangel, down to 2% in the S.E . The state is the chief owner of forests (almost exclusive owner in Archangel), and owns no less than 289,226,000 acres in European Russia and Poland (235,000,000 acres of good forests), while private persons own 171,800,000 acres, the peasant communities 67,250,000 and the imperial family 22,400,000 acres . Sericulture, which was in a flourishing condition in the 'sixties both in Caucasia and in S . Russia, was reduced to a very low ebb, in consequence of the silkworm disease, and was only renewed with any vigour towards the end of the 'eighties . At the beginning ofthe 20th century it was most developed in Transcaucasia (
See also:Kutais, Elisavetpol),and extended into N . Caucasia . Sericulture is taught in a number of special schools and in a great number of village schools . Attempts are being made to re-establish the silkworm industry in S . Russia and in Poland . Altogether raw
See also:silk and silk
See also:yarn to an annual value exceeding 1i millions sterling are exported from Russia . Notwithstanding the wealth of the country in minerals and metals of all kinds, and the endeavours made by government to encourage mining, including the imposition of protective Mining tariffs even against Finland (in 1885), this and the related and industries are still at a low stage of development . The ed lo- remoteness of the mining from the industrial centres, the lacd e,_u want of technical instruction and of capital, and the existence of vexatious regulations, aggravated by the disturbed condition of the country, which hinder
See also:credit, confidence and enterprise, are amongst the chief reasons for this .
The imports of foreign metals in the rough and of coal are steadily increasing, while the exports, never otherwise than insignificant, show no advance . As a producer ofiron Russia nevertheless runs France
See also:neck and neck for the fourth place amongst the iron-producing countries. of the
See also:world, her annual output having increased from 1,004,800 metric tons in 1891 to 2,808,000 in 1901 and to 2,900,000 in 1904 . The two principal mining centres of European Russia are the Urals, Ekaterinoslav, Kharkov and the Don Cossacks territory .. The Ural industry is the older, and is still conducted on primitive methods,
See also:wood being largely used for fuel, and the ore and metals being transported by water down the Kama and other rivers . The minerals chiefly produced in the Urals are iron, coal, gold, platinum, copper, salt and precious stones . The production of
See also:pig-iron nearly doubled between 1890 and 1900, increasing from 446,800 tons in the former year to 801,600 in the latter; but since 1900 the output has declined, the total for 1904 (inclusive of Siberia) being 644,000 tons . The amount of iron and steel produced in the Urals Is not quite 20 % of the total in all European Russia and Poland . The output of coal in the Urals is, altogether, less than 3 %o of the total for all the empire and 4% of the output of European Russia (exclusive of Poland) alone . The annual increase is but small, 261,300 tons having been the total in 1891, and 517,000 tons the total in 1904 . Gold has been
See also:mined in the Urals since 182o; but since 1892 the output has fallen off very considerably . Whereas in the latter year the yield amounted to 395,500 oz., in 1900 it was only 291,250 oz . No less than 96% of the world's supply of platinum comes from the Urals; but the total output only ranges between io,000 and 16,000 lb annually .
The copper industry has greatly declined since the 18th century; whereas then it kept 20 smelting
See also:works employed, now one-tenth of that number can hardly be kept going . The output for the year is less than 4000 tons . At one time all Russia was supplied with salt from the Urals, but at the present time the output is extremely small, less than 350 tons annually . Salt has been mined there since the 16th century . The mining region of S . Russia is much more important . It is of comparatively recent foundation (1860), and is carried on largely with French and Belgian capital, with modern appliances and with modern scientific knowledge . Out of an average of some 2,700,000 tons of pig-iron produced annually in the whole of the Russian empire, 61.5 % is produced in the basin of the Donets, and out of an average of 2,160,500 tons of worked iron and steel 48.7 % are prepared in the same region . The principal consumer of this iron and steel is the government, for, its railways, locomotives, wagons, arsenals, artillery, &c . The output of coal in the Russian empire has increased from a total of less than 300,000 tons in 1860 to 3,280,000 in 188o, 15,878,200 in 1900, and 18,62o,000 tons in 1904 Of these totals something like 7o% is produced in the S. coal-field . Coal takes, however, an altogether secondary place as a fuel in Russia; wood is much more extensively used, not only for domestic, but also for industrial purposes . It is estimated that for domestic purposes nearly 150,000,000 tons of wood are consumed every year, while the steamships, railways and factories consume another 20 or 25 million tons .
At the same time large quantities ofpetroleum refuse are used as fuel in the railways of S.E . Russia and Caucasia, and on the steamboats of the Volga system . For -the petroleum industry and the mining of the Caucasus region, see CAUCASIA . Mining in Poland and Siberia are more fully discussed under those headings .l Since the time of Peter the Great, the Russian government has been unceasing in its efforts for the creation and development of home manufactures . Important monopolies in the 18th Maanfaa century, and prohibitive import duties, as well as large tares and money bounties, in the 19th, contributed towards the PeKY accumulation of immense private fortunes, but manu- dustrlelnfactures have on the whole developed but slowly . A great upward
See also:movement has, however, been observable since 1863 . About that time a thorough reform of the machinery in use was effected whereby the number of hands employed was reduced, but the yearly production doubled or trebled . Manufacturing industry in the modern sense can hardly be said to have existed in Russia See Russian Journal of
See also:Statistics, in
See also:English (2 vols., St Petersburg, 1901) . before the 19th century, that is to say, industries carried on with capital and machinery in large factories . Industry of this character was first established in Poland in 1820, and it has grown there rapidly, though never so rapidly as during the last few years of the 19th century . The principal centre is
See also:Lodz in the government of Piotrkow, the staple industry being cottons . A good many factories have sprung up also in Warsaw and at Sosnowice and Bendzin in the extreme S.W. corner of Poland .
Besides cottons the products include woollens and
See also:cloth, silks, chemicals, machinery, ironware,
See also:beer and
See also:flour . At Lodz alone the workmen, in great part Germans and Jews, number between 50,000 and 6o,000, and the total output of the factories is estimated at £9,000,000 to £10,500,000 annually . Similar industries, carried on by similar methods, exist at St Peters-burg, Riga, Narva and Odessa . In S . Russia, more particularly at Ekaterinoslav, a very vigorous metallurgical industry has grown up since i86o in conjunction with the iron and coal mining . The peculiar feature of Russian industry is the development out of the domestic
See also:petty handicrafts of central Russia of a semi-factory on a large scale . Owing to the forced abstention from agricultural labour in the winter months the peasants of central Russia, more especially those of the governments of Moscow, Vladimir, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Tver, Smolensk and Ryazan have for centuries carried on a variety of domestic handicrafts during the period of compulsory leisure . The usual practice was for the whole of the people in one village to devote themselves to one special occupation . Thus, while one village would produce nothing but felt shoes, another would carve sacred images (ikons), and a third spin flax only, a fourth make wooden spoons, a fifth nails, a
See also:sixth iron chains, and so on . In the same way certain governments become famous for certain commodities, as Moscow for osier baskets, flower baskets, wicker furniture and
See also:lace; Kostroma for lace, wooden utensils, toys, wooden spoons, cups and
See also:bowls, bast sacks and mats, bast boots and garden products; Yaroslavl for furniture, brass samovars, saucepans, spurs, rings, &c.; Vladimir for furniture, osier baskets and flower-stands and
See also:sickles; Nizhniy-Novgorod for bast mats and sacks, knives, forks and
See also:scissors; Tver for lace, nails,
See also:sieves, anchors, fish-hooks, locks, coarse clay pottery,
See also:saddlery and
See also:harness, boots and shoes, and so on . Out of these have grown large factories, employing as many as 10,000 to 12,000 men each; but when
See also:harvest comes round, these men leave the factories and repair to their fields, and meantime the factories stand still for two or three months . Nor do the people work on the holidays of the church, the number of days they lose in this way amounting to nearly one-third of the whole year .
Hence, although wages are painfully low, the cost of production to the manufacturer is relatively high; and it is still further increased by the cost of the raw materials, by the heavy rates of transport owing to the distance from the sea, by the dearness of capital and by the scarcity of fuel . As a consequence this central Russian industry, even when sup-ported by very high protective duties, is only able to produce for the home market and the markets of the adjacent territories in Asia which are under Russian political
See also:control . Here again cotton is the principal product; and the remarkable growth of the industry is illustrated by the fact that, whereas in 1843 there were only 350,000 spindles at work, fifty years later there were 4,332,000 so employed, and in 1900, 6,554, 600 . The number of looms increased from 87,190 in 1890 to 154,600 in 1900 . Next after cottons come woollens, silk, cloth, chemicals, machinery, paper, furniture, hats,
See also:glass and
See also:china and other products . From the governments of Vyatka and Vladimir large numbers of bricklayers, carpenters and other handicraftsmen migrate temporarily to the S. governments every year, and similarly plasterers and painters from the government of Moscow . The growth of Russian industry is set forth in the following table, which compares the number of workers for 1887, 1897 and 1902, of all factories throughout the empire of which the annual production was valued at more than £210: Branch of Industry . Number of Workers . 1887 . 1897 . 1902 . Textiles .
399,178 642,520 708,186
See also:Food products 205,223 255,357 303,213 Animal products . 38,876 64,418 — Wood . 30,703 86,273 79,664 Paper . 19,491 46,190 78,395 Chemical products 21,134 35,320 6o,108 Ceramics 67,346 143,291 150,809 Mining and metals 390,915 544,333 549,000
See also:Metal goods 103,300 214,311 252,215 Various 41,882 66,249 _78,183 Total 1,318,048 2,098,262 2,259,773 With regard to Russian industry generally, the extravagant prices which have to be paid for iron and all iron goods, owing to the prohibitive tariffs, combined with the obstacles put in the way of education, hamper the development of all industries . The cotton factories excel chiefly in the production of red and printedcottons . In the flax-mills the tendency is to produce the finest tissues as well as the coarser . The silk-mills employ silk obtained from the Caucasus, Italy and France . The growth of the sugar industry is shown by the fact that in 1888-93 the average annual production of sugar was 444,520 tons, in 1902-3 it was 1,180,293 tons . Since 1894 the government has had a monopoly in retailing spirituous liquors, but not wine or beer; but distilling, a very widespread industry, is left in private hands . Beer is chiefly brewed in Poland and the Baltic provinces . Tanneries exist in nearly every government, but it is especially at Warsaw and St Petersburg, and after these at Moscow, that the largest and best modern tanneries and
See also:shoe and glove factories are established . The governments of Orel (shoe factories), Kherson, Vyatka, Nizhniy-Novgorod, Perm, Kiev and Kazan rank next in this respect .
Furniture factories are developing greatly, as is the paper industry . Flour-mills
See also:play an important part in the general industry of Russia, and there are several tobacco and hemp factories . Far from being destroyed by the competition of the " modern " factories, domestic industries have well maintained their ground, new branches of petty trade having sprung up in some districts, among them the manufacture of agricultural machinery (
See also:machines in Ryazan, Vyatka and Perm; ploughs in Smolensk, &c.) deserves
See also:notice . The wealth of Russia consisting mainly of raw produce, the trade of the country turns chiefly on the
See also:purchase of this for export, and on the sale of manufactured and imported goods in exchange . This traffic is in the hands of a great Inland number of middlemen,—in the W . Jews, and elsewhere trade . Russians,—to whom the peasants are for the most part in debt, as they purchase in advance on security of subsequent payments in corn,
See also:tar, wooden wares, &c . A good deal of the
See also:internal trade is carried on by travelling merchants . The fairs are very numerous . Those of Nizhniy-Novgorod, with a return of 20 millions sterling, of
See also:Irbit and Kharkov, of Menzel'insk in Ufa, and
See also:Omsk and Ishim in Siberia, have considerable importance both for trade and for home manufactures . Altogether, no fewer than 16,600 fairs are held in Russia, 85% of them in European Russia . Of these, 30 show returns of goods imported to the value of over £10o,0oo each, 41 from £50,000 to
See also:ioo,000, and 437 from £i0,000 to £50,000 each .
See also:external trade of the Russian empire (
See also:bullion and the external trade of Finland not included) since the year 1886 is shown in the following table: Years (average) . Exports . Imports . 1886-1891 . £72,200,000 £43,250,000 1892-1896 60,360,000 46,100,000 1897-1901 68,5oo,000 55,180,000 1902-1905 • 103,448,000 66,533,000 The exports rank in the following order:—cereals (wheat, barley, rye, oats, maize, buckwheat) and flour, 49.2%; timber and wooden wares, 7.2; petroleum, 5.8; eggs, 5.4; flax, 5; butter, 3; sugar, 2.4; cottons and oilcake, 2 each; oleaginous seeds, &c., 1.5; with hemp, spirits, poultry,
See also:game, bristles, hair, furs, leather,
See also:manganese ore, wool,
See also:caviare, live-stock,
See also:gutta-percha, vegetables and fruit, and tobacco . The two best customers of Russia a-e Germany, which takes 13.3% of her total exports, and the United
See also:Kingdom, which takes 22.9% . Then follow the
See also:Netherlands (9.8 %), France, Italy, Finland, Belgium,
See also:Austria-Hungary, Den-mark, Turkey and Sweden . The commodities which the United Kingdom principally takes are wheat, wool, barley, eggs, oats and flax . With regard to the imports into Russia—they consist mainly of raw materials and machinery for the manufactures, and of provisions, the principal items being raw cotton, 17% of the aggregate; machinery and metal goods, 13%; tea, 5%;
See also:mineral ores, 5%; gums and resins, 4%; wool and woollen yarns, 31%; textiles, 3 %; fish, 3%; with leather and hides, chemicals, silks, wine and spirits,
See also:colours, fruits,
See also:coffee, tobacco and
See also:rice . The countries from which Russia
See also:buys most extensively are Germany (34%), the United Kingdom (151) and the United States (91) . Machinery, coal, iron, woollens, ships, lead and copper are the commodities supplied by the United Kingdom . The total
See also:mercantile marine of Russia does not aggregate 700,000 tons; and it is distributed in the following proportions: 35.4% in the Caspian Sea, 34.7% in the Black Sea and S6ipping .
Sea of Azov . 24.7% in the Baltic Sea and 5.2% in the White Sea . And these proportions represent fairly well the tonnages entering and clearing at the ports of these respective seas . But of the vessels that visit the Russian ports in the way of trade every year only 8.3% are Russian, the rest being of course foreign . Russiancraft play, however, a much more important part on the internal waterways, the traffic on which increases rapidly, e.g. whilst in 1894 it amounted to an aggregate of 23,293,400 tons, in . 1904 it reached a total of 38,720,240, or an increase of over 66% in the ten years . During the same period the
See also:tonnage of the craft themselves more than doubled, while the crews increased 191 %, the number of men employed in the latter year being approximately 150,000 . In 1860 Russia possessed less than moo m. of railways; by 1885 this had increased to 16,155 in., and by the middle of 1905 there Beltways. were open for traffic over 40,500 in. of railway, of which 34,150 M. or 84.3 % were in European Russia and nearly 6400 M . (15.7 %) in Asiatic Russia . Between 1895 and 1905 the
See also:building of railways proceeded at a rapid rate, the total length nearly doubling within the ten years, namely, from 22,600 to 40,500 m . The European railways cost on an average £10,465 per mile to construct, and the Asiatic railways £5092 per mile . A considerable number of new railways, some of great strategic 'as well as commercial importance, were built during the last twenty years of the 19th century .
At the same time the chief lines of railway which had been built by public companies with a state guarantee, and which represented a loss to the empire of £3,171,250 per annum, as well as a growing indebtedness, were bought by the state . On the whole, the state derives profit from its railways, although several of the later lines, while imperative for state purposes, must necessarily yield but a very small revenue, or be worked at a loss . The most important of the new railways is the Siberian, of which the first section,
See also:Chelyabinsk to Omsk, was opened in December 1895, and which, except for a short section round Lake Baikal, in 1901 was completed right through to
See also:Stryetensk, on the Shilka, the head of navigation on the Shilka and the Amur, 2710 m. from Chelyabinsk and 4076 miles from Moscow, via Samara and Chelyabinsk . The section round the S. end of Lake Baikal was completed in 1905 . At the Pacific end of the Siberian railway a line connecting Vladivostok with Khabarovsk (479 m.) at the junction of the Amur and the Usuri, was first of all built, following the valley of the Usuri . But it was soon found that the cost of the section required to complete the railway between Stryetensk and Khabarovsk, along the Shilka (246 in.) and the Amur (1160 m.), would be enormous, while neither the wild mountainous tracts of the lower Shilka and upper Amur, nor the marshy, often inundated region between Khabarovsk and the Little
See also:Khingan mountains, could ever be the seat of a numerous population . Consequently a
See also:company was formed by the Russian government in 1896 to construct, with the consent of the
See also:Chinese government, a railway from Vladivostok across
See also:Manchuria to Karymskaya near
See also:Chita in Transbaikalia . This runs for 222 M. on Russian territory and for 108o m. on Manchurian territory, and from Kharbin sends off a branch to Dail-1y near Port Arthur on the Liao-tung peninsula . The first portion of the Manchurian railway, built by Russian
See also:engineers, with Chinese labour, was finished in 1902 . At the same time several secondary lines were built in connexion with the Siberian line . Chelyabinsk was linked by a transverse line with the middle Urals railway, which connects Perm, the head of navigation in the Volga basin, with
See also:Tyumen, 'the head of navigation on the Ob and Irtysh, passing through Ekaterinburg and other mining centres of the middle Urals . Tomsk is now connected with the main line by a short side branch .
A railway has also been built to connect Perm with Kotlas, near the confluence of the Sukhona with the Yug, at the head of the N . Dvina . This N. portion of the Russian railway system was further completed by the opening in 1906 of a line from St Petersburg via Vologda to Vyatka, intersecting the Moscow-Archangel line at Vologda . Another line of great strategic importance was built across the Transcaspian territory to
See also:Ferghana . Starting from
See also:Krasnovodsk, it runs S.E. to Mery (56o m.), with a branch line (194 in.) to
See also:Kushk, near
See also:Herat, then N.E. across the desert to Charjui, on the Amur river,
See also:Bokhara and the Russian fort Katta-
See also:kurgan, and then to
See also:Samarkand, Kokand and
See also:Andijan in Ferghana, 710 m. from
See also:Merv, with a branch to
See also:Tashkent (220 m.) . This railway has become important for the export of raw cotton from Central Asia to Russia . In 1905 a second totally
See also:independent line was opened from Tashkent down the Syr-darya to Kazalinsk, and thence to Orenburg . A third line of great importance is the junction line between the Transcaucasian railway—which runs from Batum and Poti to
See also:Baku, via Tiflis, with a branch line to Kars—and the railway system of Russia proper . This junction has been effected not across the main Caucasus range, but at its E. extremity, that is, via the Caspian ports of Baku and
See also:Petrovsk, which are connected with
See also:Vladikavkaz (Beslan junction) . The Black Sea port of
See also:Novorossiysk, in W . Caucasia, having been connected with the Rostov-Vladikavkaz line, has consequently also been brought into
See also:touch with the Russian railways . The Volga is reached from central Russia by seven lines of railways, including one to Kazan, and three main lines radiate from the Volga E .
(one to Siberia and two to the Ural river), while the upper Volga (Yaroslavl) is connected with Archangel by a line 523 m. long . A zone
See also:tariff was introduced on the Russian railways in 1894, and the cost of long journeys was considerably reduced; a
See also:journey of 623 M. can be made third class at a cost of only about 17 shillings, while for less than twice as much 1990 M. can be covered . Fish form an important article of national food . The numerous fasts of the national church prescribe a fish
See also:diet on many days in the Fishing. year, and the continuous frost of winter is favourable to the transportation of fish for great distances . Along the Murman coast of the Arctic Ocean and in the White Sea, where manymillions of
See also:herrings are caught annually by some 3000 persons, the yearly produce is estimated at the value of £140,000 . In the Baltic Sea, as well as in the lakes of its basin (Ladoga, Onega, Ilmen, &c.), the yearly value is estimated at £200,000 . Of anchovies alone, Io,000,000 jars are prepared annually, while salted fish is, next after bread, the staple food of large masses of the population . The Black Sea fisheries, in which about 4000 men are engaged, yield fish valued at £300,000 per annum . The value of the fish has much increased owing to the introduction of cold storage; as a result of the employment of this method of packing, fish is now exported in a fresh state from the Black Sea to all parts of S.W . Russia, and even to Moscow . The annual yield of the Azov Sea fisheries, occupying 15,000 men, is valued at £600,000 . In the Volga section of the Caspian Sea fish are caught to the value of about £t,000,000 annually; in the Ural section over 40,000 tons of fish and nearly 15oo tons of caviare are obtained .
The total value of the Caspian fisheries is estimated at £3,000,000 per annum . Taking the Lake Aral and Siberian river fisheries into account, it is estimated that altogether the fishing industries yield a revenue to the state of £330,000 annually.' In addition from 13,000 to 6o,000
See also:seals and about 200 whales are killed annually off the Murman coast . Hunting is an occupation of considerable importance in N. and N.E . Russia, and along the shores of the Arctic Ocean . HISTORY The history of Russia may be conveniently divided into four consecutive .periods: (I) the period of Independent Principalities; (2) the Mongol Domination; (3) the Tsardom of Muscovy; and (4) the Modern Empire . r . A Conglomeration of Independent Principalities.—The first period, like the early history of many other countries, begine with a
See also:legend . Nestor, an old monkish chronicler origin of Kiev, relates that in the middle of the 9th century of the the Slav' and Finnish tribes inhabiting the forest Rysslans• region around Lake Ilmen, between Lake Ladoga and the upper waters of the Dnieper, paid tribute to military adventurers from the land of Rus, which is commonly supposed to have been a part of Sweden . In the year 8S9 these tribes expelled the Northmen, but finding that they quarrelled among themselves, they invited them, three years later, to return . Our land, said the deputation sent to Rus for this purpose, is great and fertile, but there is no order in it; come and reign and rule over us . Three
See also:brothers, princes of Rus, called respectively Rurik, Sineus and Truvor, accepted the invitation and founded a
See also:dynasty, from which many of the Russian princes of the present day claim descent . Who were those warlike men of Rus who are universally recognized as the founders of the Russian Empire ?
This question has given rise to an enormous amount of discussion among learned men, and some of the disputants have not yet laid down their arms; but for impartial outsiders who have carefully studied theevidence there can be little doubt that i See Researches into the State of Fisheries in Russia (9 vols.), edited by
See also:Minister of Finance (1896, Russian); Kusnetzow's Fischerei and Thiererbeutung in den Gewassern Russlands (1898) . the men of
See also:Ras, or Variags, as they were sometimes called, were simply the hardy Norsemen or
See also:Normans who at that time, in various countries of Europe, appeared first as armed marauders and then lived in the invaded territory as a dominant military caste until they were gradually absorbed by the native population . Lake Ilmen and the river Volkhov, on which stands Novgorod, Rurik's capital, formed part of the great waterway from the Baltic to the Black Sea, and we know that by this route travelled from Scandinavia to Constantinople the tall
See also:fair-haired Northmen who composed the famous Varangian bodyguard of the
See also:Byzantine emperors . The new rulers did not long confine their
See also:attention to the tribes who had invited them . They at once began to conquer the surrounding country in all directions, and before Early con- two centuries had passed they had established them- ditions. selves firmly at Kiev on the Dnieper, invaded The Byzantine territory, threatened Constantinople with
See also:grand- a fleet of small craft, obtained as
See also:consort for one princes . of their princes, Vladimir I, (q.v.), a sister of the Byzantine emperor on condition of the
See also:prince becoming a Christian, adopted
See also:Christianity for themselves and their subjects, learned to hold in check the nomadic hordes of the steppe, and formed matrimonial alliances with the reigning families of Poland, Hungary, Norway and France . In short, they became a considerable power in eastern Europe, and might be regarded as one of the claimants for the
See also:inheritance of the decrepit East Roman Empire . Unfortunately for the political future of this new state, its internal consolidation did not keep
See also:pace with its territorial expansion . In theory the whole Russian land was a gigantic . family
See also:estate belonging to the Rurik dynasty, and each member of that great family considered himself entitled to a share of it . It had to be divided, therefore, into a number of independent principalities, but it continued to be loosely held together by the dynastic sentiment of the descendants of Rurik and by the patriarchal authority—a sort of patria potestas–of the
See also:senior member of the family, called the grand-prince, who-ruled in Kiev, " the mother of Russian cities." His administrative authority was confined to his own principality, but when territorial disputes arose between two or more of his relations, his paternal influence was exercised .in the interests of peace and
See also:justice . What added to the practical difficulties of this arrangement was that the post of grand-prince was not an hereditary dignity in the sense of descending from father to son, but was always. to be held by the senior member of the dynasty; and in the sub-
See also:ordinate principalities the same principle of succession was applied, so that reigning princes had to be frequently shifted about from one district to another, according as they could establish the strongest claim to vacant principalities . What constituted in this primitive system of inheritance the strength of a claim was often not easily determined, and even when the legal question was clear enough the law was not always respected by the contending parties .
Hence family quarrels became very frequent . These princes were, in fact, men of like passions with ourselves, and acted as powerful men generally do in a
See also:rude state of society . Instead of conforming to abstract principles of public law and hereditary succession, they strove to enlarge their territories at the expense of their rivals, and to leave them at their
See also:death to their sons rather than to their brothers, nephews and more distant relations . ; In these circumstances, the traditional authority of the grand-prince, never very great, rapidly declined, and the complicated law of succession, never scrupulously respected, was gradually replaced by " the good old rule, the
See also:simple plan, that he should take who has the power, and he should keep who can." Yaroslav, surnamed the Great, a man of commanding
See also:personality, was the last grand-prince who upheld vigorously the old system . After his death in 1054 the
See also:process of disintegration went on apace and the family feuds multiplied at an alarming rate . During the next 170 years (1054–1224) no less than 64 principalities had a more or less ephemeral existence, 293 princes put forward succession-claims, and their disputes led to 83 civil wars . During these interminable struggles of
See also:rival princes, Kiev,. which had been so long the residence of the grand-prince and of the metropolitan, was repeatedly taken by
See also:storm and ruthlessly pillaged, and finally the whole valley of the Dnieper fell a
See also:prey to the marauding tribes of the steppe . Thereupon Russian colonization and political influence retreated north-wards, and from that time the continuous stream of Russian history is to be sought in the land where the Vikings first settled and in the adjoining basin of the upper Volga . Here new principalities were founded and new agglomerations of principalities came into existence, some of them having a grand-prince who no longer professed
See also:allegiance to Kiev . Thus appeared the grand-prince of Suzdal or Vladimir, of Tver, of Ryazan and of Moscow—all irreconcilable rivals with little or no feeling of blood-relationship . The more ambitious and powerful among them aspired not to succeed but to subdue the others and to take possession of their territory, and the armed retainers, who were wont formerly to wander about as free lances, gave up their roving mode of life, settled down permanently in one principality, became landed proprietors, and sought to share as boyars the princes' authority . Among the principalities of that northern region the first place was long held by Novgorod .
Since the days when Rurik had first chosen it as his headquarters, the little townRepublic on the Volkhov had grown into a great commercial of Nov city and a member of the Hanseatic
See also:league, and it had gerod. brought under subjection a vast expanse of territory, stretching from the shores of the Baltic to the Ural Mountains, and containing several subordinate towns, of which the principal were Pskov, Nizhniy-Novgorod and Vyatka . Unlike the ordinary Russian principalities, it had a republican rather than a monarchical form of government . Indeed, it was not so much a principality as a municipal republic of the Venetian type . It always had a prince, no doubt, but he was engaged by formal contract without much attention being paid to hereditary rights, and he was merely
See also:leader of the troops, while all the political power remained in the hands of the civil officials and the Vetche, a popular
See also:assembly which was called together in the market-place, as occasion required, by the tolling of the great bell . Descendants of Rurik, impregnated with the
See also:pride of a dominant military caste, did not much like serving those truculent, wilful burghers, and some of them, after a time, voluntarily laid down their
See also:office and retired to more congenial surroundings . Those of them who tried to have their own way and came into conflict with the authorities had always to yield in the long run, and they were liable to be treated very unceremoniously, so that the vulgar adage, " If the prince is had, into the mud with him!" became a
See also:maxim of state policy . There was herein the Russian land the germ of republicanism or constitutional
See also:monarchy, but it was not destined to be developed . The principality which was to become the nucleus of the future Russian empire was not Novgorod with its democratic institutions, but its eastern neighbour Moscow, in which the popular assembly played a very insignificant part, and the supreme law was the will of the prince . The opposition which he encountered came not from the burghers liut from the boyars and the nobles . II . The Mongol or Tatar Domination, 1238-1462.—Between Moscow and Novgorod there was a long and bitter rivalry, breaking out occasionally into armed conflicts, and among the princes of the other principalities the old struggle for precedence and territory went on unceasingly until it was suddenly interrupted, in the first half of the thirteenth century, by the unexpected irruption of an irresistible foreign foe coming from the mysterious regions of the Far East . " For our sins," says the Russian chronicler of the time, " unknown nations arrived .
No one knew their origin or whence they came, or what religion they practised . That is known only to God, and perhaps towise men learned in books." The Russian princes first heard of them from the wild nomadic Polovtsi, who usually pillaged the Russian settlers on the frontier but who now preferred Mongol and Tatarin• vasions . friendship and said: " These terrible strangers have taken our country, and to-morrow they will take yours if you do not come and help us." In response to this
See also:call some Russian princes formed a league and went out eastward to meet the foe, but they were utterly defeated in a great battle on the banks of the Kalka (1224), which has remained to this day in the memory of the Russian common people . Now the country was at the mercy of the invaders, but, instead of advancing, they suddenly retreated and did not reappear for thirteen years, during which the princes went on quarrelling and fighting as before, till they were startled by a new invasion much more formidable than its predecessor . This time the invaders came to stay, and they built for themselves a capital, called Sarai, on the lower Volga . Here the
See also:commander of " the
See also:Horde," as the western The section of the Mongol empire was called, fixed his Golden headquarters and represented the
See also:majesty of his horde,
See also:sovereign the grand khan who lived with the Great Horde in the valley of the Amur . About the origin and character of these terrible invaders we are much better in-formed than the early Russian chroniclers . The nucleus of the invading horde was a small pastoral tribe in
See also:Mongolia, the chief of which, known subsequently to Europe as Jenghiz Khan (q.v.), became a mighty conqueror and created a vast empire stretching from China, across northern and central Asia, to the shores of the Baltic and the valley of the Danube —a heterogeneous state containing many nationalities held together by purely administrative ties and by an enormous military force . For forty years after the death of its founder it remained united under the authority of a series of grand khans chosen from among his descendants, and then it began to fail to pieces tiii the various fractions of it became independent khanates . The khanate closely connected with the history of Russia was that of Kipchak or the Golden Horde, the khans of which settled, as we have seen, on the lower Volga and built for them-selves a capital called Sarai . Here they had their headquarters and held Russia in subjection for nearly three centuries . The term by which this subjection is commonly designated, the Mongol or Tatar yoke, suggests ideas of terrible oppression, Character but in reality these barbarous invaders from the Far of Tatar East were not such cruel, oppressive taskmasters as rule. is generally supposed .
In the first place, they never settled in the country, and they had not much direct dealings with the inhabitants . In accordance with the admonitions of Jenghiz to his children and grandchildren, they retained their pastoral mode of life, so that the subject races, agriculturists and dwellers in towns, were not disturbed in their ordinary avocations . In religious matters they were extremely tolerant . When they first appeared in Europe they were idolaters or Shamanists, and as such they had naturally no religious fanaticism; but even when they adopted
See also:Islam they remained as tolerant as before, and the khan of the Golden Horde (Berkai) who first became a Mussulman allowed the Russians to found a Christian bishopric in his capital . One of his successors, half a century later, married a daughter of the Byzantine emperor, and gave his own daughter in marriage to a Russian prince . These represent the bright side of Tatar rule . It had its dark side also . So long as a great horde of nomads was encamped on the frontier the country was liable to be invaded by an overwhelming force of ruthless marauders . These invasions were fortunately not frequent, but when they occurred they caused an incalculable amount of devastation and suffering . In the intervals the people had to pay a fixed tribute . At first it was collected in a rough-and-ready fashion by a swarm of Tatar tax-gatherers, but about 1259 it was regulated by a
See also:census of the population, and, finally, the collection of it was entrusted to the native princes, so that the people were no longer brought into direct contact with the Tatar officials . By the princes the " yoke " was felt more keenly, and it was very galling .
In order to reply to accusations brought against them, or in order to be confirmed in their functions, they had to travel to the Golden Horde on the Volga or even to the
See also:camp of the grand khan in some distant part of Siberia,and the journey was considered so perilous that many of them, before setting out, made their last will and testament and wrote a parental admonition for the guidance of their children . Nor were these precautions by any means superfluous, for not a few princes died on the journey or were condemned to death and executed for real or imaginary offences . Even when the visit to the Horde did not end so tragically, it involved a great deal of anxiety and expense, for the Mongol dignitaries had to be con-ciliated very liberally; and it was commonly believed that the
See also:judges were more influenced by the amount of the bribes than by the force of the arguments . The grand khan was the lord paramount or suzerain of the Russian princes, and he had the force required for making his authority respected . Ambitious members of the Rurik dynasty, instead of seeking to acquire territory by
See also:conquest in the field, now sought to attain their ends by intrigue and
See also:bribery at the Mongol
See also:court . Of all the princes who sought to advance their fortunes in this way the most dexterous and successful were those of Moscow . They made themselves responsible for the tribute of The other principalities as well as of their own, and gradu- princes of ally they became lieutenants-general of their Mongol Dot f i suzerain . So long as the Mongol empire remained Donshot, united and strong, they were most submissive and 1362-obsequious, but as soon as it was weakened by internal 1389. dissensions and began to fall to pieces, they assumed airs of independence, intrigued ' with the insubordinate Tatar generals, retained for their own use the tribute collected for the grand khan, and finally put themselves at the head of the patriotic movement which aimed at throwing off completely the hated Mongol yoke . For this purpose Dimitri Donskoi formed in 1380 a coalition of Russian princes, and gained a great victory over Khan Mam-ai of the Golden Horde on the famous battle-field of Kulikovo, the memory of which still lives in the popular legends . For some time longer the Tatars remained troublesome neighbours, capable of invading and devastating large tracts of Russian territory and of threatening even the city of Moscow, but the Horde was now broken up into independent and mutually hostile khanates, and the Moscow diplomatists could generally play off one khanate against the other, so that there was no danger of the old political domination being re-established . Having thus freed themselves from Tatar control, the Moscow princes continued to carry out energetically their traditional policy of extending and consolidating their dominions at the expense of their less powerful relations . Already Dimitri of the Don was called the grand-prince of all Russia, but the
See also:assumption of such an ambitious title was hardly justified by facts, because there were still in his time principalities with grand-princes who claimed to be independent .
The complete suppression of these small moribund states and the creation of the autocratic tsardom of Muscovy were the work of Ivan III., surnamed the Great, his son
See also:Basil and his
See also:grandson Ivan IV., commonly known as Ivan the Terrible, whose united reigns cover a period of 122 years (1462-1584) . monarchical authority . In the pursuit of both of these fsos.
See also:objects they were completely successful . When Ivan III. came to the
See also:throne the remaining independent principalities were Great Novgorod, Pskov, Tver, Ryazan and Novgorod-Seversk . ' He first directed his attention to Novgorod, and by gradually undermining and then destroying the
See also:ancient re-publican liberties he reduced the haughty city, which had long styled itself Lord Novgorod the Great, to the rank of a provincial town . Then he annexed its colonies and thereby extended his dominions to the Polar Ocean and the Ural Mountains . At the same time he took possession of Tver, on the ground that the ui with Novgorod . Finding the inhabitants too much attached to prince had allied himself with Lithuania . His sue- Basil cessor Basil followed in his footsteps, and dealt with 1505- the Municipal republic of Pskov was Ivan had dealt 1633• their ancient liberties, he abolished the popular assembly, removed the great bell to Novgorod, installed his own boyars in the administration, transported 300 of the leading families to other localities, replaced them by 300 families from Moscow, and left in the town a strong garrison of his own troops . Ryazan shared the same
See also:fate . In 1521 the prince, being suspected of forming an
See also:alliance with the Crimean Tatars, was summoned to Moscow and arrested . Two years later the prince of Novgorod-Seversk was accused of intriguing with the Poles and imprisoned for the rest of his life .
Thus all the principalities were brought under the power of Moscow, and in that respect there remained nothing for Ivan the Terrible to do . He took precautions, however, against any of the dead or moribund principalities being resuscitated, and punished with merciless severity any attempt to resist or undermine his authority . With the suppression and absorption of the independent principalities the problem was only half solved . The tsars of character Muscovy meant to be autocratic rulers alike in their of the old and in their new territories . Their forefathers tSardO'B• had been trained in the Tatar school of politics and administration, and in their ideas of government they had come to resemble Tatar khans much more than grand-princes of the old patriarchal type . Their autocratic tendencies were fostered also by the Church . As Christianity was brought into Russia from Constantinople it was only natural that the ecclesiastics, many of whom were Greeks, should admire Byzantine ideals and recommend them as
See also:models to be imitated . For the ambitious Moscow princes many of the Byzantine ideas were very accept-able . They liked to consider themselves as the Lord's anointed, placed high above all ordinary mortals even of the most exalted rank; and when Constantinople fell into the hands of the infidel they began to imagine that, as the most powerful potentates of the Eastern Orthodox world they were the protectors of the Orthodox faith and the political heirs of the East Roman emperors . With a view to strengthen this claim Ivan III. married a niece of the emperor
See also:Palaeologus, who had fallen fighting when his capital was taken by the
See also:Turks (1453) . From that moment Ivan's subjects noticed a change in his attitude towards them, and attributed it to the evil influence of the Greek princess . In the old times the grand-prince was simply
See also:Primus inter pares among the minor princes, and these lived with their boyars almost on a footing of equality .
Now the tsar of Muscovy and of all Russia adopted the airs and methods of a Tatar khan and surrounded himself with the pomp and splendours of a Byzantine emperor . Ivan III., notwithstanding the influence of his Greek consort, showed some respect for the ancient traditions and the susceptibilities of those around him, but his successor Basil did not follow his father's example . All through his reign he preferred to employ as officials men of humble origin, and habitually treated the boyars and great nobles very unceremoniously . For disobedience to his orders he imprisoned a
See also:boyar who was his own
See also:brother-in-law, and he caused another to be beheaded for complaining that the boyar-council was not consulted in important affairs of state . A boyar of Nizhniy-Novgorod who allowed himself to criticize the new order of things, and attributed the change to the influence of the Greek princess, had his
See also:tongue cut out . From the ecclesiastics Basil likewise insisted on unquestioning obedience, and he did not hesitate to depose by his own authority a metropolitan who was at that time the highest dignitary of the Russian Church . According to Siegmund von Herberstein (1486-1566), an Austrian
See also:envoy who visited Moscow at that period, no sovereign in Europe was obeyed like the grand-prince of Muscovy, and his court was remarkable for barbaric luxury . In his palace were numerous equerries, chamberlains and other court dignitaries, and when he went out he was attended by a guard of young nobles dressed in
See also:gaudy costumes and armed with silver halberds.' Such
See also:radical changes naturally produced a great deal of See
See also:Friedrich Adelung, Siegmund Freiherr von Herberstein, mit besonderer Rricksicht auf
See also:seine Reisen in Russland geschildert . (St Petersburg, 1818) ; autobiography of Herberstein in Fontes rerum Austriacarum, part i. vol. i. pp . 67-396.dissatisfaction among men of
See also:Slavonic temperament, whose grandfathers had been independent princes, boyars or free lances, and the malcontents could not adopt the old practice of emigrating to some other principality . There was no longer within the Russian land any independent principality in which an
See also:asylum could be found, and emigration to a principality beyond the frontier, such as Lithuania, was regarded as treason, for which the property of the fugitive would be confiscated and his family might be punished . In these circumstances the only outlet for discontent was sedition, and the malcontents awaited impatiently a favourable opportunity for an attempt to curb or overthrow the autocratic power .
That opportunity came when Basil died in 1533, leaving as successor a
See also:child only three years old, and the chances seemed all on the side of the nobles; but the result belied the current expectations, for the child came to be known in history as Ivan the Terrible, and died half a century later in the full enjoyment of unlimited autocratic power . The fierce struggle between autocratic tyranny and oligarchic disorder, which went on in intermittent fashion during the whole of his reign, cannot be here described in detail, but the chief incidents may be mentioned . During Ivan's minority the country was governed, or rather misgoverned, first by his mother, and then by rival factions led by great nobles such as the princes Shuiski and Ivan the Belski . Only once during this period did the young Terrible, tsar come forward and assert his authority . Having I3-84• convoked his boyars he reproached them collectively with robbing the
See also:treasury and committing acts of injustice, and he caused one of them, a Prince Shuiski who happened to be in power at the moment, to be seized by his hunts-men and torn in pieces by a
See also:pack of hounds, as a warning to others . Thus apparently he asserted his authority, but in reality, being only thirteen years old, he was a mere puppet in the hands of one of the opposition factions, who wished to oust their rivals, and for the next four years the misgovernment of the nobles went on as before . It was not till he was about seventeen that he took an active part in the ad-ministration, and one of his first acts foreshadowed his future policy: he insisted on the metropolitan crowning him, not as grand-prince of Muscovy, but as tsar of all Russia (1547) . From the earliest times the term tsar—a contraction of the word Caesar—had been applied to the
See also:kings in Biblical history and the Byzantine emperors, and Ivan III. had already been de-scribed in the Church service as " the ruler and autocrat of all Russia, the new Tsar Constantine in the new city of Constantine Moscow," but on no previous occasion had a grand-prince been crowned under that title . A few months later occurred in Moscow a great fire, which destroyed nearly the whole of the city, and a serious popular tumult, in which the tsar's
See also:uncle was murdered by the populace . Ivan regarded these events as a punishment from
See also:Heaven, for the neglect of his duties, and he began to attend to public affairs under the influence of an en-lightened
See also:priest called Sylvester and an official of humble origin called Adashev . With the assistance of these two counsellors he held in check the lawless, turbulent nobles, and ruled justly, to the satisfaction of the people, for fourteen years . Then suddenly, for reasons which cannot easily be explained, he inaugurated a reign of terror which lasted for twenty-four years and earned for him the epithet of "theTerrible." Though there had been no open insurrection, he caused many boyars and humbler persons to be executed, and when some of the great nobles, fearing a similar fate, fled across the frontier and tendered their allegiance to the prince of Lithuania, his suspicion and indignation increased and he determined to adopt still more drastic measures .
For this purpose he organized, outside the
See also:regular administration, a large
See also:corps of civil officials and armed retainers, whose duty it was to obey him implicitly in all things; and with this force, which rose rapidly from woo to 6000 men, he acted like a savage invader in a conquered country .
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