Russian Cities: Saint Petersburg’s and Stalingrad’s History
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This bundle contains two different books about Russia:
Stalingrad - Stalingrad has changed names. It's now called Volgograd and is still one of the largest cities in Russia. But we can't ignore the fact that for a significant time in history, it was called Stalingrad, named after the tyrant and leader of the Soviet Union in the Second World War, Joseph Stalin. Let's explore the history of this city during the Second World War, and why the battles fought there were so horrendous and pivotal in history.
At the time of the Battle of Stalingrad In Southern Russia, Germany and its allies combated the Soviet Union for control of Stalingrad (now Volgograd). It is just one of the bloodiest engagements in the history of warfare, with an approximated 2 million general losses. It's marked by intense close-quarters battle and direct attacks on people in air campaign. The German High Command was pushed to eliminate substantial army forces from other theaters of war after their defeat at Stalingrad.
St. Petersburg - St Petersburg's structures lay over the skeletons of the press-ganged servant workers who worked to build it, making it the label 'the city built on bones.' Historians approximate that 100,000 18th-century serfs are buried underneath the city's stunning Italianate estates and large Parisian-style streets.
They passed away of cold, appetite, illness, or, if they were truly unfortunate, wolves. They were drawn from all around the Russian Empire at the time. They dedicated their lives for the magnificence of Imperial Russia, and the city they built, St Petersburg, stands as a testimony to the Russian state's single-mindedness.
Its extravagant palaces radiate European elegance and were actively built in a Western way to bring Russia closer to Europe.
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