In a small part of this book, Russia, The Culture page 20-21, Greg Nickles list important musical/artistically talented pioneers from Russia in the past. He covered artists like, Natalia Goncharova, Marc Chagall, and Wassily Kandinsky. All those recognized easily in Russia. There was also Peter Tchaikowsky who was born in Russia. He created the nutcracker. In my orchestra class we played a piece by him. Pretty cool! Igor Stravinsky was born in the 20th century Russia, similar to Tchaikowsky. Igor was a very famous composer. Lastly, Nickles mentions Sergei Prokofiev. He was a composer as well and also created the famous musical, Peter and The Wolf. This shows that Russia was home to many renowned people that we know of today.
bucknell.edu is a website I perceived when looking for more history on Russia. This website is mostly to help students in college (or just studying the topic) get a better understanding of their past governments/empires and places. Not so much the people of Russia this time. On the website they give summaries of websites used for the actual info at hand. If the reader wants more information on that topic, they are able to click the heading where it takes you to a website devoted to giving more in depth knowledge on that topic. For example, I clicked on the heading "Ресурсы WWW по истории" and it took me to http://www.history.ru/hist.htm where it gives even more information on Russian history, history of the former Soviet republics, Russian regions and world history. It might not be the best resource for information, but it does the job.
This website (bbc.com) is much like the website we have for Russia- History 1 (historyworld.net). This because it has the more important dates of Russia's past. There is a difference though. For example, this website gives more of a summary of those specific dates instead of a bigger explanation. This is better for readers who might get bored reading bigger paragraphs. bbc.com puts these important dates in time in chronological order. This order goes from the 9th century all the way up to now! "1547-84 - Grand Prince Ivan IV (the Terrible) is first ruler to be proclaimed Tsar in 1547. Seeking to impose military discipline and a centralised administration, he institutes a reign of terror against the hereditary nobility." is another example of what comes from this website. bbc.com gives a breviloquent of the important dates that have happened in Russia.
When I was looking for information, I ran into Touropia.com, which explains what sort of tourist attractions Russia has. It tells the reader the top ten places you should visit in Russia. The sight points out that, while Russia is a place that has tons and tons of tourist attractions, three are considered "better" than the rest. Moscow Kremlin is number three. Located in Russia's captital, Moscow, was built around the 14th century. It has the Armoury, which contains royal, ancient treasure. It also includes very old jewelry. It also holds Catherine the Great's 190 carat diamond. Number two of the best place to visit in Russia is the Hermitage Museum. Found in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Catherine the Great founded it in 1764. It's massive and focuses on shwoing art and culture through the artifacts they have. The number one place to go to in Russia is the Saint Basil's Cathedral. You can find this amazing place in Moscow, Russia. It was built between 1554 and 1561. The reason Saint Basil's Cathedral draws people and tourists to is it's amazing architecture. People agree that it is very unique and doesn't resemble anything else of Earth. This site shows a bunch of tourist attractions and why people find them so awesome. It also gives you ideas on why people come to Russia.
When me and my Partner, Grace, were looking for more info on Russia's history I found this website. historyworld.net gives explanations on Russia's more important times in the past in order of when these dates materialized. The whole 10 pages include topics like the Vikings all the way to The Great Patriotic War. Also, this website includes many important people that made Russia's history an important part of what it is today. For example, they give even more explanation on people like Ivan the Terrible (1547-1584) and Catherine the Great (1762-1796). Much of this website helps the reader understand what Russia was like through out history.
While reading the book, Russia, Countries of The World, the author gave some very interesting facts about Russia's location and place. The book shared Russia's longitude, (61.5240 degrees North), and latitude, (105.3188 degrees East). The book also shared that Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, North Korea, Norway, Poland, and Ukraine are all bordering nations of Russia. It also shows that Russia's highest point is Mount Elbrus at 18,510 feet and the lowest point is Caspian Seas at -92 feet. Russia, Countries of the World, tells the reader that the major rivers in Russia are the Amur, Irtysh, Lena, Ob, Volga, Yenisey. This makes me think either it's really a spectacular sight, really big, or that something famous had to have happened there to make it called a famous river. The book also says that one tenth of Russia is lived in. The rest is too cold or frozen. This shows that Russia being so close to the equator really effects where people live.
Russia, The People is a book well written by Greg Nickles about Russia's people, history, culture, and their reciprocal actions in the environment. Russia, The People helps readers mostly understand how they use parts of their environment in Russia's natives everyday lives. For example, Russia;s traditional clothing involves them using tree bark for shoes in summer and warm sheepskin vests or over coats in winter. They use these resources to stay true to their backgrounds and religions. Another example of how Russians interact with the environment is living on a farm. Russia has a lot of land and a quarter of that land is farm land. "They tend the crops and raise livestock such as cattle, hogs, and sheep." explains Greg Nickles. They take this produce and sell it. Some communities even use subsistence farming. They of course don't just have a country side. They have city dwellers as well. The city is always crowded with bustling people. These people have to have somewhere to stay so, in the city they are always tremendously taking up more land for more homes and space. They take away the trees and create apartments and jobs for more people! Fortunately, due to Russia becoming one of the most polluted countries, today there are 101 protected areas created by the people and government to save the wildlife. Deciduous forest, steppe, taiga, and the tundra are now protected. So, overall this book gives examples of the many ways the people affect their country.
My partner Kaylie and I were drawn to the book, Russia, The Land, because we wanted to know about Russia's various landscapes. We have heard that it is very cold in Russia and we wanted to see what you could find in Russia. This book tells you about what types of landscapes Russia has. Russia, The land also tells the reader why people have been known to come to Russia. Greg Nickles writes that people have been drawn to Lake Baikal because of its enchanting beauty and stunning wildlife, like plants and animals. The book also gives fascinating facts about what humans do with the land. The book talks about how Russians extract minerals such as gold, diamonds, iron ore, nickle, and lead from the abundant forests. Greg Nickles also talks about how people who live in the country have to cut down trees to make houses. This shows that trees are important to those who would like to live in the country because they need it so they can have a life there. Then the book talks about the winters. It says that for at least six months, people dress in winter clothes. Russia gets it's cold weather and temperatures because of it's northern location and the fact that mountains block all warm air flowing from the West, East, and South. Temperatures there have reached -96 degrees F and 100 degrees F. This proves that Russia is a place where it's not only cold, but can get extremely hot.
In the book, Russia the Culture, it eplains about Russia's past, how Russian's express themselves, and some of their believes. Some Russians show their creativity through arts, like painting, crafts, architecture, dance, music and literature. Russia gets some of there ideas and cultures from the East and the West. Some of Russia's most talented and famous combined the ideas of the East and the West and made something that was their own. In the past, Russia's government restricted and controlled religion and the arts. Thankfully, now Russians are free to contribute in any relgion and do any type of art. Around the 1500s, the czars, (Roman Emperors), defeated the Mongol rulers, who had been ruling from 1200s. Some of Russia's current religions are Russian Orthodoxy, Christianity, Islam, Judism, Buddism, and Muslim. The book also talks about different holidays they have. Russian's have the Easter Festival, Lent and the Easter Service, Easter Feasting, The Yuletide Season, (or Christmas), and Yuletide Feasts. They also have International Women's Day, (March 8), Independence Day, (June 12), Victory Day, and News Years Celebration. My partner Kaylie and I also found out from this book that Matroyshkas, a set of seven dolls that can fit inside each other. Matroyshkas are a favorite of tourists and are exported all around the world.