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Battle plans, discussion of troops and weapons, personal letters from generals to empress.
(1784-1800; modern Russian translation).
(19th century; image).
Orders and letters of the emporer.
(1796-1801; commentaries, transcription in modern Russian).
Conditions for turning over the throne.
(April 5, 1797; Russian transcription).
(June 30, 1797; Russian transcription).
Maps of Napoleonic war, Crimean war, Russo-Turkish war, and Russo-Japanese war.
(1799-1904; commentaries, maps, facsimiles in Russian).
Military actions, marches, and orders regarding Circassian people.
(1800-1914; Russian transcription).
Letters, orders of Emperor, manifestos, treaties, and other documents regarding international relations of Russian Empire.
(1800-1809; commentaries, images, transcription in Russian).
(1801; images, modern Russian transcription).
Article incorporates quotes from pertinent documents, testimonies, and memoirs about the murder of Paul I.
(1801; commentaries, modern Russian transcription).
Articles discuss conditions of release of peasants and rights of both peasants and landlords.
(1803; Russian transcription).
Economic, political, ethnographical discussion of Kamchatka .
(1806-1807; Russian commentaries and transcription).
(January 26-27, 1807; Russian transcription).
Description of capture of Anapa fortress in Russian-Turkish war of 1806-1812.
(May 11, 1807; image, Russian transcription).
Speranskiy wrote this because of the order of Aleksandr I.
(1808; Russian transcription).
Documents discuss Russian relations with Napolean before war and at beginning of war.
(1808-1812; Russian transcription).
Letters, orders of Emperor, manifestos, treaties, and other documents regarding international relations of Russian Empire.
(1810-1819; commentaries, images, transcription in Russian).
Order outlining the establishment of the state council in Russian Empire.
(January 1, 1810; facsimile, transcription in Russian).
Structure of Russian Army, list of its members.
(1812; Russian transcription).
Manifestos, orders, and military correspondence.
(1812 - 1813; Russian transcription).
(1812 - 1813; Russian transcription).
Document includes quotes from memoirs of Moscow occuption and exit.
(1812; image, Russian translation).
(1812; images).
(1812; Russian transcription).
(1813; images).
Suggestions for taking Constantinople from Ottoman Empire.
(1815-1816; Russian transcription).
Detailed information about inspection.
(1819; commentaries, transcription in Russian).
Letters (both personal and political), memoirs, orders of Emperor, and documents of Decembrists and other social societies.
(1820-1829; commentaries, images, transcription in Russian).
Pavel Pestel's criticisms of government and proposals for division of government power.
(beginning of 19th century; commentaries, Russian).
Images of leaders of various sociopolitical movements.
(1820s - 1880s; images).
Political documents, letters and decrees.
(19th century; English translation).
(December 3, 1825; Russian facsimile).
Manifesto of Nikolai I as well as his personal letter to political figures describing Decembrist revolt.
(1825; Russian transcription).
Two depiction of factory where Decembrists were exiled.
(1826; image).
Orders and responsibilities for gendarmerie.
(1826-1827; French and Russian transcription).
Document contains agreement between the Russian Empire and Iran about peace, borders, war prisoners and trade conditions between two countries.
(February 10, 1828; transcription in modern Russian).
Site contains a document from the Russo-Turkish war: orders and reports of the captain and awards to the officers of brig Mercury.
(May 18, 1829; images, transcription in Russian).
Turkish document describes bravery of Mercury captain and crew in Russo-Turkish war.
(May 27, 1829; Russian transcription).
National minority policies of the Emperor.
Letters (both personal and political).
(1830-1839; commentaries, images, transcription in Russian).
Book offering an inside view of Tobol'sk, considered the founding city of Siberia.
(1830; Book facsimile).
History of Nenet social movements.
(1830-ies-1840-ies; commentaries, transcription in Russian).
Album of 32 original watercolors depicting scenes of everyday life and various historical themes in Tobol'sk Province.
(19th century; facsimile paintings).
Digital collection of rare books, maps and manuscripts from the exploration of Siberia and the North Pole region.
From the Asch-collection of Goettingen State and University Library.
Browse the collections.
(Facsimiles).
Documents an 1837 expedition through southeast Europe and the southern Russian Empire.
Information on geography, history, archaeology, and people and cultures of the region.
(1837; French facsimile).
Documents discuss immigration of Orthodox people from Turkish lands to the Russian Empire.
(1837- 1838; commentaries, transcription in Russian).
National minority policies of the Emperor.
Letters (both personal and political).
(1840-1849; commentaries, images, transcription in Russian).
Letters of the revolutionist-anarchist.
(1849-1861; Russian transcription).
Primary source posters of Russian cultural, social and political history.
Russian interface; also available in German.
(1850-2004; images)
Transcaucasian policies of Emperor.
Manifestos and international treaties.
Letters (both personal and political).
(1850-1859; commentaries, images, transcription in Russian).
(1850s - 1870s; images).
(1851; image, Russian facsimile).
Agreement between Austria, France, Great Britain, Prussia, Russia, Sardinia, and Turkey about peace, borders, war prisoners, and trade between countries.
Includes agreements about Black Sea and Danube use as well as territorial changes.
(March 30, 1856; modern Russian transcription).
Petition of Tolstoy to Emperor for protection of old Russian monuments.
(August - September 1860; images, commentaries, translation in Russian).
Documents of social and political changes in Empire, cases of gendarmerie against regime, and letters (both personal and political).
(1860-1869; commentaries, images, transcription in Russian).
Conditions of the sale, territories, and life of Alaskan inhabitants.
(June 20, 1867; Russian).
Information about organization of society, which played key role in development of modern Donetsk.
(July 31, 1869; facsimile in Russian; broken).
International treaties and documents regarding judicial system, military situation
(1870-1879; commentaries, images, transcription in Russian).
Programs, manifestos, proclamations, letters, and cases of revolutionary organizations.
(1870-1880; facsimiles, transcription in Russian).
Image of Optician’s shop in Saint Petersburg.
(1877; images).
Information about beginning of the war.
(April 12, 1877; image, commentaries, transcription in Russian).
(1877-1878; images, facsimiles, commentaries, transcription in Russian).
Book contains information about Russian-Turkish war and Russian army.
(1877- 1907; transcription in Russian).
Information about political situation in Russian Empire.
(1877-1917; commentaries, transcription in Russian).
(June, 1879; image, transcription in Russian).
Documents of investigation, interrogation, and testimony of anti regime movements.
International treaties.
(1880-1889; commentaries, images, transcription in Russian).
Document says that Narodnaya Volya members will continue to act against the Emperor until they reach their goal.
(February 7, 1880; image, transcription in Russian).
Newspaper article published after the execution.
(November 5, 1880; commentaries, image, transcription in Russian).
Conditions for Russian people in the Iliyskiy District, which goes under Chinese government rule.
(February 24, 1881; transcription in Russian).
Discusses murder of Alexander II in March 1881.
(March 1, 1881; image, commentaries, transcription in Russian).
Narodnaya Voyla's requirements and ultimatym for Alexanders III's governance of Russia.
(March 10, 1881; image, commentaries, transcription in Russian).
Defense speech of Zhelyabov, Narodnaya Volya member, given in court.
(March 28, 1881; transcription in Russian; entire site broken).
(March 28- April 3, 1881; Russian facsimiles).
Description of the factory.
(1889; Russian facsimile).
Geography, history of colonization of Altai, and relations of Russians with natives.
(1885; commentaries, transcription in Russian).
Treaties, policies, political party programs, manifestos, letters, and ambassadors' messages.
(1890-1899; commentaries, images, transcription in Russian).
Illustrated guide of the Great Siberian Railway. Includes history of Siberia, information about construction of the railroad, and a list of cities and towns along the route.
(Late 19th - early 20th centuries; Book facsimile)
Documents, testimonies, and maps from the construction.
(1891-1916; Russian facsimiles).
Original pictures from the construction.
(1891-1916; commentaries, facsimiles in Russian).
(1894; images).
(1894-1899; Russian transcription).
Manifesto of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Removes local legislation from Grand Duchy of Finland.
(15 February 1899; English translation)
(1899-1905; Russian transcription).
Letters, orders, manifestos, and court cases from the period.
(1900-1910; Russian transcription).
Responsibilities of employers and rights of workers.
(June 2, 1903; Russian transcription).
Written by Boris Savinkov, memoirs discuss terrorist actions in Europe.
(1902-1909; Russian transcription).
Video of sea battle.
(1904-1905; Russian facsimiles).
Testimony of worker about the demonstration.
(January 22, 1905; Russian facsimile).
Manifesto includes new social changes.
(October 17, 1905; Russian facsimile).
Color photographic surveys of the vast Russian Empire.
Digitized from the Library of Congress
"Frequent subjects among the 2,607 distinct images include people, religious architecture, historic sites, industry and agriculture, public works construction, scenes along water and railway transportation routes, and views of villages and cities."
(1905-1915; searchable database of facsimiles)

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(19th - 20th centuries; Book and journal facsimiles)
Consolidating Russian control.
Also available in French.
(30 June 1910; English translation)
(1912; images).
Video of battles and Russian Army troop images.
(1914-1916; Russian facsimiles).
Treaties, orders, and other World War I documents.
(1914-1918; images, commentaries, transcription in Russian).
Documents events from before Sarajevo until after Versailles.
(pre-1914 - post-1918; translations and transcriptions)
Major Resource
A collection of primary documents from the Internet Modern History Sourcebook.
(1914-1918; transcriptions and translations)
Digital primary documents assembled at Mount Holyoke College.
(1914-1919; translations)
(1916; Russian facsimile).
Photos of the family and their servants.
(1916; commentaries, facsimile in Russian).
Testimony of General Denikin regarding Brusilov (Lutsk) Offensive in World War I.
(1916; image, transcription in Russian).
(1916; image, facsimile in Russian).
(February-October 1917; Russian transcription).
Discusses inability to suppress uprising.
(March 1, 1917; Russian facsimile).
Discusses inability to suppress uprising.
(March 1, 1917; Russian facsimile).
(March 2, 1917; Russian facsimile).
(March 3, 1917; Russian facsimile).
Signed by Russian officials following the abdication of Nicholas II.
Also available in Russian.
(20 March 1917; English translation)
(1917; images).
(May 1917; images).


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