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The Alexander Palace / Re: Alexander Palace interiors
« Last post by Marie-Catherine on April 10, 2019, 10:53:55 AM »
Just saw the furniture picture, can't wait to see the restored version ! Last time I was there was in 2014 and it was very emotional, can't imagine going back in 2020.
Having Fun! / Re: OTMA on horses
« Last post by Превед on April 10, 2019, 09:25:31 AM »
Of course they were all taught to ride well. The modern equivalent would be learning to drive a car.

Both yes and no. It's interesting to read accounts from that time of people who didnt't know how to ride a horse. I think they were the majority, and horse-riding was primarily linked to the military and the upper classes that dominated the army. The horses most farmers kept for farmwork (and horses used for hauling goods in urban areas, barges on rivers etc.) were not trained to be ridden, so you usually only hear about small children riding them as a treat (and playing at hussars etc.) Much more common was the skill to drive a horse and cart (or a plough or other farm equipment and handle and take care of a horse), as this was alpha and omega in agriculture and in many urban transportation jobs, including cab drivers. If peasants owning a horse were going anywhere far (market, church etc.) they drove their usual farm cart. Bourgeois families had a roofed coach. To come riding would be seen as the modern equivalent of arriving in an unpractical cabriolet sports car. Something for the chosen few. I doubt common people owning a horse even owned a saddle, so they would have to ride bareback on an untrained horse. Surely a sight for the neighbours to laugh at, like driving to the grocery store on a riding mower today.

Riding was probably a more common skill among the populace before the construction of early modern roads and the Industrial Revolution, as old traditions of Easter races among farmers etc. testify to.
Having Fun! / Re: OTMA on horses
« Last post by DNAgenie on April 08, 2019, 07:13:13 PM »
Of course they were all taught to ride well. The modern equivalent would be learning to drive a car. They would have had lessons from early childhood, supervised by the Tsar's Master of Horse, or his Coachmaster, but the actual teacher would have probably been a groom.
Conspirator Lenin in Exile by Helen Rappaport

A fine book on what Lenin was doing in the years before 1917

errata ect
page 294 should be Southwestern Front not Southwestern army
page 249 General Mikhail Alekseev was the chief of Staff not Commander of the Southwestern front

for more on Japanese Colonel Motojirio Akashi and his financing of the 1905 revolution see the book "The Tide at Sunrise"
Vladimir Lenin's sister maria worked as a nurse on a Russian hospital train in WW I from my notes from the Book "Russia's Sisters of Mercy in the great War"
Imperial Russian History / Re: The Legacy of Nicholas II
« Last post by JamesAPrattIII on April 07, 2019, 06:07:31 PM »
The protests that led to "Bloody Sunday" were because of the surrender of the fortress of Port Arthur by it's inept commander.

If you do a new publication of your fine Alexander III book please note my comments and errata.
Having Fun! / Re: OTMA on horses
« Last post by JamesAPrattIII on April 07, 2019, 05:53:29 PM »
Nicholas II when he reviewed the troops often did it on horseback. pre-1905 Nicholas I believe often went horseback riding with only one Cossack to guard him.

Alexandra could also ride fairly well I believe

Olga A also could ride very well
Having Fun! / Re: Then and now (Locations, clothes, etc)
« Last post by JamesAPrattIII on April 07, 2019, 05:50:01 PM »
In the youtube video "Official Entries of Tsar Nicholas II and his Family around 13.05 there is a film clip of them passing monument with the date 1854-1856. This is most likely a Crimean war memorial. I would possibly say in Sevastopol.  Can anyone tell me where the monument is and if it is still around?

note in the video:
Alexandra doing a lot of head bowing
Maria N around 2.52 looking miserable
Ella in her nuns robes
Alexei being carried I would say during the 1913 tercentenary celebrations
Anastasia being somewhat shorter than her sisters
1906-1914 Home Movies of the Romanovs (speed corrected w/added sound) I found this interesting. However they are speaking Russian and i don't speak the language. Anyone care to translate?
Imperial Russian History / Re: The Legacy of Nicholas II
« Last post by JamesAPrattIII on April 05, 2019, 12:04:02 PM »
Nicholas II became bloody Nicholas do to the the Russo-Japanese was which was a disaster to Russia and Nicholas. Of course it did lead to the creation of the Duma ect.

If you want to see how inept the Russians were see the youtube presentation " The Russian 2nd Pacific Squadron Voyage of the Damned' while it is LOL funny it is also true see the books:
The Fleet that had to die
The Tide at Sunrise
The Tsar's Last Armada

As for the start of WW I see on youtube:
National WW I Museum and Memorial
Chris Clark The Sleep Walkers
Max Hastings Catastrophe

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