A Cultural History
Table of Contents
Preface & Acknowledgements
Introduction: Heaven and Hell; Landscape of Extremes; The Humdrum and the Bizarre.
Chapter One--Cradle of Civilizations: Bronze-Age Cultures; The Scyths; Turkic and Mongol States; The Khanate of Sibir; Indigenes before Russian Colonization; Yermak's Conquest.
Chapter Two--A Frontier Beyond: The Urals and Yekaterinburg; Travel on the Sibirsky Trakt; Beyond the Watershed of Imagination; Stroganovs, Demidovs and the Industrial Heritage of Nevyansk; Yekaterinburg: Minerals and Mining; A Walk through Yekaterinburg; The Romanov Murders and Church-on-Blood; From Voznesenskaya Gorka to the Opera.
Chapter Three--Tyumen: Dallas in Siberia; From Fortress to Metropolis; Holy Trinity Monastery: Missionaries and Indigenous Colonization; Towards Historical Square and Central Square; Rasputin: The Mystic from Pokrovskoe.
Chapter Four--Tobolsk: From "Sodom in the Taiga" to a Cultural Heartland; The Kremlin Complex; Banishing the Bell; Siberian Administration; Outside the Kremlin: Decembrists and Dostoevsky; The Lower Town (86); Abalak and the "Pious Work."
Chapter Five--To the Frozen Ocean and Stalin's Railway of Death: Khanty-Mansiysk: Boom Town (96); Berezovo and Salekhard; The Railway of Death.
Chapter Six--Omsk and the Baraba Steppe: Revolution and Civil War; Exploring Omsk; The Baraba Steppe.
Chapter Seven--Over the Top: The Northern Sea Route: Exploring Siberia's Seas; The Second Kamchatka
Expedition; Nordenskjöld's Expeditions; Joseph Wiggins and Helen Peel; Nansen and the Drifters.
Chapter Eight--Novosibirsk and the Trans-Siberian Railway: Building Russia's Railway; Novosibirsk: Bridge over the Ob; Around Novosibirsk; The Mammoths of Akademgorodok.
Chapter Nine--The Altai Region and Republic: Mystics, Mountains and Nomads: Barnaul and the Altai; Industrial Heritage; Prospekt Lenina: Urban Archaeology; The Altai Republic: Spiritual Landscape; Altai Nationalism; The Katun River and Mount Belukha.
Chapter Ten--The Yenisey River: From Steppes to the FrozenTundra: Khoomei: Throat Singing and Cultural Identity; The Tuvans and their Burial Complexes; The Yenisey River North; Khakassia and the Steppe Cultures; Krasnoyarsk; North to the Arctic; Yeniseysk: Churches and Fairs; Turukhansk: Saints and Exiles.
Chapter Eleven-- Irkutsk: The "Paris of Siberia": Foreign Visitors; Central Irkutsk: Monuments, Museums and
Monasteries; Remembering the Decembrists.
Chapter Twelve--Lake Baikal: Siberia's Sacred Sea: The World's Largest Freshwater Lake; Irkutsk to Listvyanka; The Circumbaikal Railway; Olkhon Island: Where Spirits and Cultures Meet.
Chapter Thirteen--The Archipelago of Exile: Magadan: House of the Dead; The Gulags: Company Town.
Index of Historical & Literary,Names
Index of Places & Landmarks