Posted by: sargodale | August 9, 2009

Back from Kazan

I recently returned from my summer trip to Kazan. Over the next few days I’ll be trying to collect my impressions of my trip to the city. It was a great opportunity for me to experience another culture beside Russian up close. I really do believe that living in Kazan will provide new insights for my research into the history of Volga Tatar colonization over the past several centuries. The last few days I was in the city, were mainly filled with very long walks to different areas. I was able to collect a large number of photographs of monuments to various important Kazan citizens. I plan on analyzing these pictures to see who gets remembered, for what they are remembered, and how that relates to the modern Tatar identity.

The articles and book sources that I have collected over the past two months should be useful guides during my coming months of research. I even have some sources in Russian that I intend to use information from! The next few days will be filled with organizing various sources. I still need to find more information on Siberia, if I seriously intend on using it as a comparative study with the Russian colonization of Kazan. I’m very pleased with what I have accomplished over the past two months, and know that this preliminary research will be extremely helpful for my year long study of Russian colonization.



your research sounds quite interesting. good luck with everything.

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