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St Petersburg 1914 - Why did Russia Go To War?
« on: May 16, 2004, 08:16:45 PM »
I'm trying to track down all of the information I can on Russia's participation in WW1. I've found some stuff, but it isn't nearly enough.

Namely I need the fronts they fought on, battles participated in, number of soldiers taken POW. Those are the main things, but anything that anyone can tell me would be greatly appreciated. Even website links would be great!

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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2004, 09:33:14 PM »
Rachel, here are some sites I came across that I think might help you. I specialize in finding stuff on the internet, so almost every reference I give is from the net. If a site looks to be uncreditable, then they aren't listed. But I encourage you to decide that for yourself :)

http://www.firstworldwar.com (Obviously, this is the first place you should go on the net. There's TONS of info from all over, and even short video clips!)
http://www.decades.com/Timeline/n/3_1788.htm (this is probably the second-most comprehensive timeline on the net...after the one named above. It's broken down by year.)
http://www.gwpda.org/photos/greatwar.htm (here's a site that has close to two thousand photos from WWI in a number of categories)
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/FWW.htm (another good site that has lots of information)
http://users.univ.kiev.ua/~rao/english/first_e.htm (not exactly sure what is supposed to be going on with this page, but there is a neat section on siphers on the shoulders of the uniforms.)
http://mars.wnec.edu/~grempel/courses/ww1/lectures/conduct.html (has the basics of events that happened in a certain year, who was involved, and effects of war. Towards the end, there's a breakdown of fatalities by country)
http://derela.republika.pl/austin.htm (it's about Poland and it's use of armored cars, but there are pictures of English-made armored cars used by Russia and other countries in WWI)
http://www.taphilo.com/history/war-deaths.shtml (a good site which breaks down military and civilian war related deaths through the ages from each country involved. Includes POW information)

If there's anything else you need, just let me know and I'll try to find it.
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Re: Looking for war info
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2004, 11:41:58 PM »
Rachel - I mean no disrespect, but you should go to a library and get some books. Russia's involvement in WWI is a very large topic that is covered in many different books and as you can see in the posts, many different websites.

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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2004, 03:26:25 PM »
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Rachel - I mean no disrespect, but you should go to a library and get some books. Russia's involvement in WWI is a very large topic that is covered in many different books and as you can see in the posts, many different websites.


Seconded.

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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2004, 05:52:33 PM »
Rachel, I have no idea whether you're also using books or not as well as what you find here, but I also agree that books would be the best way to go, as there is a wealth of information in them that isn't really found anywhere else. And if you find something in a book, there's no question that that is the source. Even though I listed all those websites for you, and I myself have used websites as sources, I know that sometimes it's hard to figure out if something is for real and where exactly something came from. Besides, researching using books and journals is almost a lost art now, so take any chance you can get to do it... yeah, it's more time-consuming, but you'll be better off in the long run. Here's what I was told when given a paper: 1-2 websites per 10 books/journals. This is what most of my former college professors agree upon, though some don't want any (web) at all.

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Re: Looking for war info
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2004, 11:13:31 PM »
While websites are a convenient method to view material rapidly and with ease, they can never surpass the book/folios as a research tool.

It is not unusual that a website can disappear (especially when you desperately need to re-check something at a latter date). If a problem is encountered during your research, and you have completely relied on web sources, then you have little recourse.

Whereas with any book you not only have it by you away from your work station, but should any dispute arise, you are always in the position to provide proof of whatever was cited.

At my Education facility citations provided only from web sources is an acceptable practice, but as highlighted above, this methodology can present problems.

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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2004, 04:21:11 PM »
I am using the Internet merely as a starting point. I have searched my library system many many times for books that will help me and have had no luck. I live in a small town with a smallish library system with an incredibly small international history section, and no access to university libraries. I am aware that books are the best resource, however I don't have the time or the finances to pursue that option at this particular moment. I have managed to get 2 books, and have my eye on a third but simply don't have the finances to get everything I want to get right now. Right now I'm doing general reading to figure out exactly what I need to home in on, and in my situation the Net is the best option for me.

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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2004, 08:40:32 PM »
Rachel why not ask if your library can provide you with an inter-library loans service? Many libraries offer this facility without significant charges.

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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2004, 01:42:06 AM »
Inter-library loan IS a great thing... in my hometown, there was a little system with the public library and the high schools all connected. Then I went to college in a VERY rural state and I found probably the best ILL system. All public libraries and colleges/universities in the state were connected. There were even some high schools in there, too. But the main point is that in both these systems, it was free if you had a library card or student ID. I know that not all systems will be free, but give it a try.

I know you didn't give your home town, but I got your home state off your profile, and I found this ILL site run from LSU. I don't know how close you are to any of those colleges, but I thought you should see it nonetheless.  
http://appl006.lsu.edu/ocsweb/louishome.nsf/index and here's another one from LA http://search.louislibraries.org/ . I think they're run on the same system, but I'm not 100% positive.

Hope these help you find some good books!
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Re: Looking for war info
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2004, 08:36:21 PM »
The last three times I requested something from inter-library loan, I never got it, lol. I'm very reluctant to go that route.

I'm a good 2 hours from LSU, lol. There is a satellite LSU here where I live, but they have a very small history program and I haven't been impressed with the professors I've met. Not to mention it's almost 45 minutes away from my house and you have to be a student to get into the library, and I'm not.

As soon as I can find out specifically what it is I'm looking for, I will be more willing to approach the library system here. I'm still not sure exactly what I'm looking for, and until I can clearly spell out what I need to the librarians here, I'll have no luck. Hopefully the sites I've marked will help me figure that out so I can pursue the library angle.

Thanks for the help!

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Re: Looking for war info
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2004, 11:39:43 PM »
Rachel,

Formulate a plan first about what you need for your research. Otherwise you will become overwhelmed with the abundance of information.

I get the impression that this project of yours is a longterm one with out a deadline?

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Re: Looking for war info
« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2004, 12:45:59 AM »
I did my honours thesis on Russia in World War One what would you like to know specifically!!!

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« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2004, 12:48:57 AM »
The Russian Armies fouhgt on two front in teh east and a little to the North. the Eastern Front was not very successful in Prussia and Poland against Germany. Highlighted by the Battle of Tannenburg. The campaign a little south were against the Austrian Army where she enjoye some measure of success. I believe ther ewere also engagement with the Turks in crimea as well...The Battle of Gallipoli was fought to free the Bosphorus for the allies to send supplies to Russian Ports on teh Black Sea,

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« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2004, 10:21:20 AM »
The Battle of Tannenburg! Now that was a real fiasco!
Not only was it bloody it was an organizational  mess...None of the Russian Generals were comminicating... and when they did they didn't even bother with coded messages...The Germans had to be pitching themselves at how everything was falling into their laps!

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Why did Russia go to war in WW1?
« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2005, 10:53:54 AM »
Is it true that Russia went to war in World War One because the Tsar wanted to try and build up the country's patriotism and make people more loyal to him? Or am I thinking of the Russo - Jap war?