The Wild East
March 10, 2006 9:39 AM Subscribe
What was life like in Siberia circa the mid-1820s? Specifically, what was life like for Decemberists who were exiled there? I have heard that it was like the Wild West, only much colder. Are there any good books on this? I've found a couple of websites referenced, but, well, I don't speak Russian.
Academic history papers are also appreciated. Any good authors, novels, histories, authorities would be a help.
(As a corrolary— was there a concerted exploration and surveying movement in that area at the same time? What would it have been like to be on the frontier? How would it have been different from the American frontier of a similar time [which would have been around Ohio and Michigan]?)
posted by klangklangston to grab bag (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite