Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

People of the Russian Empire on the unique photographs of S. M. Prokudin-Gorsky.

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Avars in Dagestan, April, 1904

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Avars from Arakani settlement

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Azerbaijani. They had been called “the Tatars of Baku” before the revolution

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

The whole photo

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Armenians, 1912

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Bashkir, 1910

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Bashkir woman wearing a national costume

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Belorussian woman

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Greeks collecting tea, 1912

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Georgians in holiday dresses

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Georgian tomato seller, 1912

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Jews: teacher and pupils in Samarkand, 1911

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Cossack, 1911, Turkmenistan

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Nomad Kazakhs, 1911

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Karelians, 1916

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Chinese. They were not rare in the Russian Empire too. Tea factory in Chakva.

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Kirghiz

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Hungry steppe of 1911

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Kurd woman with children, 1912

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Kurds of the Batumi region

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Lezghin, Dagestan, 1904

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Russians, 1909

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Tajiks, 1911, Samarkand

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Tatars, 1910, the Chelyabinsk region

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Turks, 1912. Many of them lived in the Batumi region that became a part of Russia in 1878. They tried to live separately and didn’t want adopt anything strange from Russians hoping to return back.

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Turkmen, 1911

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Uzbeks, 1907, Samarkand

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Ukrainian woman, Kursk province, 1904

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Ukrainian woman, Kursk province

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

Finns, 1903

Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire

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17 thoughts on “Ethnic Diversity of the Russian Empire”

  1. I wondered how successful the Soviets were in achieving assimilation. Not very, apparently. In the United States, after one generation of native born, you would not be able to tell them apart.

    • We don have such goal as assimilation at all. Russians always let other nations keep their culture, language and traditions alive instead of europeans and americans.
      Maybe thats biggest mistake, but russians managed to make live in peace all these nations for centuries without assimilation.
      Now, after USSR fall, many of these friendly before nations got their own nazis and became enemies. In the name of freedom and democracy, off cource.

    • Our original waves of immigrants were easily assimilated because they were largely composed of Europeans from eastern and western Europe.
      African Americans have interbred to a small degree, but the divisions between white and black Americans are largely intact, and other groups, such as Mexicans, show signs that they will never be assimilated.

  2. Lovely old photo’s. This the interesting stuff. Got to love the sheep with the psychedelic coloured head. 🙂

    • Some look to be re-coloured, some are from Sergey Prokudin Gorsky who pioneered colour photography technique and took ethographic pictures all over Russia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergey_Prokudin-Gorsky

    • Original article explains that kazakhs were officially called as kyrgyzs till 1936. Therefore, little historical research was made and some author’s subscripts were corrected.

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