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Here, There and Otherwhere, Volume 1. An Ordinary Woman In Extraordinary Places
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The main reason I don't usually care to read memoirs is that it is incredibly difficult to cover an entire lifetime without the story becoming choppy, or worse yet becoming uninteresting at times and losing readers attention. For those who stay away Phyl Manning spent much of her year career in education in overseas schools, and the adventures she recounts in her narrative nonfiction novel, Here, There and Otherwhere Vol. For those who stay away from memoirs for similar reasons, you will find no such problems with this book.
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Manning approaches her life's story differently than any other memoir-type book I have encountered. Rather than detailing chronologically her experiences as a teacher in Southeast Asia and the West Pacific, she captures moments of her life that impacted her and shares each one individually.
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The whole book is laid out as a series of short stories. I found this style to be a wonderful way to share her adventures. Paleontologists come to Siberia not for dinosaur fossils, which are not found nearly as often as in the Mongolian territory to the south, but for more recent fossils, of prehistoric bison, mammoths, rhinos, and other species that lived fifteen thousand to ten thousand years ago.
The Siberian-mammoth finds alone have been a bonanza, some of them not fossils but the actual creatures themselves, still frozen and almost intact, or mummified in frozen sediments. In the nineteenth century, discoveries of mammoth remains were so common that for a while mammoth ivory became a major export of Siberia.
To astronomers, Siberia provides the advantage of skies largely untroubled by light pollution and, in some places, cloud-free for more than two hundred days a year. Looking up at the clarity of the night in Siberia, you feel that you are in the sky yourself. Never in my life had I seen so many satellites and shooting stars. He also mentioned a special kind of bird whose nests were so soft that they were used for socks. About two hundred and ninety years later in Siberia, I saw few or none of these marvels, except in museums, where some of the specimens are facing a second extinction from moths and general disintegration.
The main four-legged animal I encountered in Siberia was the cow. Little herds appear all the time, especially in western Siberia, grazing along the road or moving at twilight from the woods or the swamp into a glade. Siberian cows are skinnier than the ones in America, and longer-legged, often with muddy shins, and ribs showing. Some wear bells.
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Herders, usually not on horseback, follow them unhurriedly. Beef in Siberian stores is gristly, tough, and expensive. Siberian dairy products, however, are cheap and good. Korzhanskii, a revolutionary who knew the father of the Russian Revolution, V.
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From Siberia. Lenin went to Siberia on two separate occasions. He was sent into exile there following his arrest for revolutionary activities in St. Petersburg in December of Lenin was twenty-five then, and still using his original name, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov. Exile under the tsars could be a rather mild proposition, especially compared with what the Soviets later devised; during his exile Lenin received a government stipend of twelve rubles a month, which covered room and board along with extras like books.
He was able to get a lot of reading done. All in all, Siberia seems to have agreed with Lenin splendidly, and seasoned him as a political thinker. The second time Lenin was sent to Siberia he had been dead for seventeen years. After leading the revolution and maneuvering the Bolshevik state through the power struggles that followed, he suffered a series of strokes; a convalescence did not restore his health, and he died, of another stroke, in January of Embalmers and other technicians did such a skillful job that when they were done he looked better than he had in the months before he died.
To house him, the government built a temporary and then a permanent tomb on Red Square, in Moscow, where his body went on display for the crowds who filed reverently by. In , with the Germans approaching, an icon as important as Lenin could not be left at risk of destruction or capture, so the body was packed into a railroad car and shipped to the western Siberian city of Tyumen for safekeeping.
There, far from the front, it waited out the war. In , after the Allied victory, Lenin again returned from Siberia, and went back to his Red Square tomb. Petersburg across Siberia; the second part will be covered in a second installment. Like Lenin, many of the objects in museums and churches in western Russia have spent some time in Siberia.
During the Second World War, state treasures and works of art and historic archives were put in crates and shipped east. The instinct to withdraw, to disappear far into the interior, figures often in Russian history. Your empire has two powerful defenders in its vastness and its climate. The emperor of Russia will always be formidable in Moscow, terrible in Kazan, and invincible in Tobolsk.
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A few years ago, two public-policy experts at a Washington think tank wrote a book advising Russia to close down its remote and hard-to-supply Siberian cities and villages and concentrate the population in locations more practical for transportation and the global market. The far places should be left to a few skeleton-crew outposts, and the difficult environment allowed to revert to wilderness, the experts maintained.
Those on the positive side of the argument a larger number, in total, than the nays say, basically, that Russia was not really Russia until it began to move into Asia. Before, it was a loose collection of principalities centered on trading cities like Novgorod and Vladimir and Moscow. The pro-Siberians say that other nations became empires by crossing oceans, while Russia did the same by expanding across the land it was already on. Possessed of Siberia, Russia became a continental country, not only an ethnic entity on the map of Eastern Europe. He was, of course, alive during the Second World War, and so did not make a posthumous visit via cold storage.
He was able to do this because he had conquered the Tatar city of Kazan, a Muslim stronghold on the Volga River which had long blocked Russian moves eastward. With Kazan out of the way, Russian adventurers could go beyond the frontiers to previously unexplored lands across the Urals. Yermak sent envoys to Ivan with news of his victory and a rich tribute of sable furs, black-fox furs, and noble captives.
After Russia acquired Siberia, tsars of the seventeenth century sometimes were told by Westerners that their dominion exceeded the size of the surface of the full moon. This information pleased the tsars, who probably did not look too closely into the math of the statement.
The surface area of the moon is about fourteen million six hundred and forty-six thousand square miles although the tsars would have measured in desyatins, or square versts, or something else. Whether Russia in the seventeenth century could honestly claim to be larger than that is not certain. It had not yet taken over the Baltic territories, the Crimea, Ukraine, or the Caucasus, and most of its Siberian territory was unknown in size. To say that Russia was larger than the full moon sounded impressive, and had an echo of poetry, and poetry creates empires.
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