18th Century Russia Essay

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The Biased Eyes of Foreigners: An Account of Russia as Detailed by Foreign TravelersI. IntroductionForeign Travelers accounts can be a great source of historical information; however the reader has to examine the text carefully to extract of any biases that may have been conveyed in the account.II. The Russian LandThe travelers were all very impressed with the size of the Russian country, and concurred that the bulk of the land was covered with forest and swamps. The fertility of the soil and the great abundance of wild animals also impressed the travelers as mentioned in all accounts.A. ClimateFrom all three travelers there is a general consensus that the country of Russia is very cold.B. Soil and FarmingAs mentioned earlier all of the travelers were impressed with the fertility of Russian soilC. Domestic AnimalsAll the foreigners make reference to Stags, Hinds, Elk, Bears, Wolfs, Reindeer, Wild goats and numerous poultry birds.III. The Russian PeopleAll three foreigners had the general consensus that the Russian people were relatively lazy and they chose to be drunks rather than to expand their knowledge.A. Occupation and CommerceThe chief products in the Russian empire are Furs, Wax, Hemp and Flax.B. MarriageThe Russian people conducted very ceremonial weddings and Russian boys and girls cannot arrange their own wedding.C. School & WritingAccording to Margaret the greater part of the Russian alphabet is derived from the Greeks. According to Margaret and the Russian people Abhor any kind of studying, especially the study of Latin.D. ReligionReligion was a very important part of the life in Russia all three authors touched on the subject.IV. GovernmentThe Russian Tsar has absolute power over all his subjects even his own family.A. MilitaryAll the incursions and barbaric raids that plagued the country of Russia called for a large standing militaryB. RevenueAs one can deduct the large standing military and constant foreign invasions presented a great expense to the Emperor.C. Laws All legal preceding and judgments must go through Moscow.V. ConclusionIntroductionForeign Travelers accounts can be a great source of historical information; however the researcher has to examine the text carefully to identify any biases that may have been conveyed by the author in the account.In this essay I will compare and contrast the travels of three foreigners to Russia who all had dealings with every facet of Russian life from peasants to the Emperor. The three travelers that I have chosen for this is are Richard Chancellor and English Captain, Jacques Margaret a French Captain, and Adam Olearius a German Scholar. From these foreigners accounts I can retrieve a large amount of information on the Russian culture in the 16th and 17th century. Throughout this essay I will compare and contrast what information was noted from each author and identify any biases or questions that I have from these texts.From Margaret a French captain we get a historical account of...

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