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Russian Siberians and Alcohol: Drinking Alcohol in Siberia in the 18th Century

... We cannot live without that pleasure!” This catch phrase of Vladimir the Great became Russian drinkers’ manifesto and a refrain that has echoed through our life for centuries, causing sorrow, squabbling, and decline. However, anyone who reads the materials of the Second Kamchatka Expedition, a major academic project of the 18th century, in  SCIENCE First Hand , will see that Russian people were "ruining themselves by drinking" almost three centuries ago, which did not stop them from spreading across ...

Modified: 18.09.2015
Russian Siberians , alcohol , drinking , Second Kamchatka expedition , Gmelin , Miller , Steller
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Treatise of Folk Medicine by Georg W. Steller

... by mouth or applied externally by Russians, Tatars, Ostyaks, and Chulim Tatars as cures for various diseases, as well as many treatments The year 2009 is the tercentenary of birth of Georg Wilhelm Steller and Johann Georg Gmelin, who took part in the Second Kamchatka Expedition, the grandiose research project of the 18th century. They were called to study Siberian nature and to draw the animals and plants. The studies were planned to be done not only in the field: scholars were supposed to make natural ...

Modified: 30.04.2010
Steller , Gmelin , Berckhan , Second Kamchatka expedition , treatise , folk medicine , history of science , disease treatment , poisonous plants , mukhomor , fly agaric , Siberian medicinal plants , ethnography
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Great Northern Expedition: In the Wake of the Academic Detachment

... (implemented in the mid-19th century), and a plan of handling boundary issues in the south of West Siberia – this included development of virgin lands by Russian peasants coming from European Russia, which would grant them delivery from servitude. The Second Kamchatka Expedition required mobilization of enormous financial, material, and human resources. The grandiose scope of this exploration effort and heroic behavior of the travelers matched the importance of the achievements. It was an essential ...

Modified: 25.12.2007
Second Kamchatka expedition , Siberia , expedition , Miller
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A Journey across Siberia. Turks of the Krasnoyarsk Uyezd and Their Shamans

... studies conducted within the framework of the Great Northern (Second Kamchatka) Expedition in 1733–1743. After the trip to Siberia Gmelin returned to Tubingen, where he was a university professor of botany and chemistry until his death in 1755. The Second Kamchatka Expedition headed by Vitus Bering had had no analogs in the human history. It was served by 13 specially constructed ships, the total number of participants approached five thousand people, which is impressive even from the modern perspective....

Modified: 25.12.2007
Second Kamchatka expedition , Gmelin , expedition , Siberia , sorcerer , sorceress , tambourine , Tatars
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Non-Returnee. A Story of One Escape

Speaking about Gmelin, one cannot pass over in silence an amusing fact of his biography, namely his failure to return to Russia after vacation and disagreeable administrative hearing related to this event. Yes, Gmelin was a ‘non-returnee’. This circumstance might explain the suspicious attitude of the St. Petersburg Academy to his Journey across Siberia and the Academy’s reluctance to translate the book into Russian. Actually the initial rejection of the monograph was to a certain extent of ideological...

Modified: 25.12.2007
Second Kamchatka expedition , Gmelin , expedition , Siberia , academy
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Description of the City of Irkutsk and Its Suburbs. "Irkutsk Customs and Life-Style"

... herbarium for the Academy, in 1736 the young scientist was invited to the Academy as a junior scientific assistant in natural history. A year later, Steller, as a volunteer, left for Siberia to take part in the expedition of the Academy Detachment of the Second Kamchatka Expedition. The twelve years that Steller spent in Russia were filled with adventures, hardships, and tragic events, but also with tireless studies and scientific discoveries that brought him world fame. The itinerary of his journey from ...

Modified: 25.12.2007
Second Kamchatka expedition , Siberia , Steller , Irkutsk , expedition
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Moving Beyond the Horizon, or a Prayer for Overcoming

... Prokopovich [Peter the Great] had passed away, the earth began to rock under the archbishop’s feet and he started looking for spiritual support among intimate friends. He saw Steller as one of them. Nothing of the sort happened. The news about the Second Kamchatka Expedition agitated Steller’s restless heart. To Siberia! No one could dissuade him from this hasty (as most people would think) action. In Petersburg, Steller communicated with Daniel Gotlieb Messerschmidt who had traveled across Siberia ...

Modified: 25.12.2007
Second Kamchatka expedition , Steller , expedition , Siberia , Irkutsk
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The Second Kamchatka Expedition is a Heroic Scientific Act of the 18th Century

... high time that we got rid of historical clichs that have proved unable to stand the test of time and started revising the views on the great German who has done much for the formation and development of Russian science. Mueller’s participation in the Second Kamchatka expedition as an informal leader of the Academic Detachment during the journey across Siberia in 1733—1743 was the most important milestone in the scientist’s destiny. Mueller visited all the districts of the Urals and Siberia, studied ...

Modified: 25.12.2007
Second Kamchatka expedition , expedition , Steller , Halle , Francke , Siberia
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A Description of Siberian Peoples. The Knights of the Taiga

... high time that we got rid of historical clichs that have proved unable to stand the test of time and started revising the views on the great German who has done much for the formation and development of Russian science. Mueller’s participation in the Second Kamchatka expedition as an informal leader of the Academic Detachment during the journey across Siberia in 1733—1743 was the most important milestone in the scientist’s destiny. Mueller visited all the districts of the Urals and Siberia, studied ...

Modified: 25.12.2007
Second Kamchatka expedition , Tunguses , Miller , expedition , Siberia , arrows
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"My Longing to Serve Society..."

... Russian culture in the beginning of the 19th century would have been possible. Mueller constantly searched for the new. And when a real opportunity to go to Siberia appeared, he gave up everything and went. Gmelin, who was initially appointed to the Second Kamchatka expedition by the Academy, had fallen ill. The Academy suggested that Mueller substitute for him, and he agreed with joy: he was fascinated by the perspective of working with living material and not with second-hand stories. Then Gmelin ...

Modified: 25.12.2007
Second Kamchatka expedition , Gerhard Friedrich Mueller , expedition , Siberia
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A Description of Siberian Peoples. Indigenous Peoples of Siberia: Marriage and Family

G. F. Mueller was an outstanding investigator of Siberia, a member of the academic detachment of the Second Kamchatka Expedition organized in 1733–1743. In the course of his decennial peregrination, he was the first among Russian researchers to carry out comprehensive comparative studies of the ethnic history, languages, social relations, material ...

Modified: 25.12.2007
Second Kamchatka expedition , Siberia , expedition , Gerhard Friedrich Mueller , husband , bride , kalym , bridegroom , wife , marriage , family
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Russian Siberians of the 18th Century and Alcoholism

Documents left by the members of the academic detachment of the Second Kamchatka expedition (1733—1743), a journey of scientific exploration through Siberia, contain a lot of curious evidence of the manners and customs of the Russian and indigenous population of Siberia. Some historians studying these documents ...

Modified: 25.12.2007
Second Kamchatka expedition , expedition , Siberia , vodka , wine , Steller , Gmelin , alcohol
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Russian Siberians and Alcohol. Based on the Papers of the Second Kamchatka Expedition

Documents left by the members of the academic detachment of the Second Kamchatka expedition (1733—1743), a journey of scientific exploration through Siberia, contain a lot of curious evidence of the manners and customs of the Russian and indigenous population of Siberia... Generally speaking, nothing in history ...

Modified: 30.12.2006
Siberia , Second Kamchatka expedition , Steller , Gmelin , alcohol , vodka , wine , Irkutsk , Yakutsk , Kamchatka
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Following Gerhard Friedrich Mueller's Route

The project for the Second Kamchatka Expedition (1733—1743) was developed by the St. Petersburg Academy jointly with the Senate and the Admiralty Collegium. The expedition became one of the most ambitious undertakings in the history of field explorations. It is not by ...

Modified: 30.01.2006
Gerhard Friedrich Mueller , Siberia , Ob , church , expedition , Ostyaks , Second Kamchatka expedition
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A Description of Siberian Peoples. Indigenous Peoples of Siberia: Marriage and Family

G. F. Mueller was an outstanding investigator of Siberia, a member of the academic detachment of the Second Kamchatka Expedition organized in 1733–1743. In the course of his decennial peregrination, he was the first among Russian researchers to carry out comprehensive comparative studies of the ethnic history, languages, social relations, material ...

Modified: 30.05.2005
Second Kamchatka expedition , Siberia , expedition , Gerhard Friedrich Mueller , husband , bride , kalym , bridegroom , wife , marriage , family
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A Description of Siberian Peoples. The Knights of the Taiga

... high time that we got rid of historical clichs that have proved unable to stand the test of time and started revising the views on the great German who has done much for the formation and development of Russian science. Mueller’s participation in the Second Kamchatka expedition as an informal leader of the Academic Detachment during the journey across Siberia in 1733—1743 was the most important milestone in the scientist’s destiny. Mueller visited all the districts of the Urals and Siberia, studied ...

Modified: 30.01.2005
Second Kamchatka expedition , Tunguses , Miller , expedition , Siberia , arrows
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"My Longing to Serve Society..."

... Russian culture in the beginning of the 19th century would have been possible. Mueller constantly searched for the new. And when a real opportunity to go to Siberia appeared, he gave up everything and went. Gmelin, who was initially appointed to the Second Kamchatka expedition by the Academy, had fallen ill. The Academy suggested that Mueller substitute for him, and he agreed with joy: he was fascinated by the perspective of working with living material and not with second-hand stories. Then Gmelin ...

Modified: 30.01.2005
Second Kamchatka expedition , Gerhard Friedrich Mueller , expedition , Siberia
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Description of the City of Irkutsk and Its Suburbs. "Irkutsk Customs and Life-Style"

... herbarium for the Academy, in 1736 the young scientist was invited to the Academy as a junior scientific assistant in natural history. A year later, Steller, as a volunteer, left for Siberia to take part in the expedition of the Academy Detachment of the Second Kamchatka Expedition. The twelve years that Steller spent in Russia were filled with adventures, hardships, and tragic events, but also with tireless studies and scientific discoveries that brought him world fame. The itinerary of his journey from ...

Modified: 30.09.2004
Second Kamchatka expedition , Siberia , Steller , Irkutsk , expedition
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Moving Beyond the Horizon, or a Prayer for Overcoming

... Prokopovich [Peter the Great] had passed away, the earth began to rock under the archbishop’s feet and he started looking for spiritual support among intimate friends. He saw Steller as one of them. Nothing of the sort happened. The news about the Second Kamchatka Expedition agitated Steller’s restless heart. To Siberia! No one could dissuade him from this hasty (as most people would think) action. In Petersburg, Steller communicated with Daniel Gotlieb Messerschmidt who had traveled across Siberia ...

Modified: 30.09.2004
Second Kamchatka expedition , Steller , expedition , Siberia , Irkutsk
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The Second Kamchatka Expedition Is a Heroic Scientific Act of the 18th Century

... high time that we got rid of historical clichs that have proved unable to stand the test of time and started revising the views on the great German who has done much for the formation and development of Russian science. Mueller’s participation in the Second Kamchatka expedition as an informal leader of the Academic Detachment during the journey across Siberia in 1733—1743 was the most important milestone in the scientist’s destiny. Mueller visited all the districts of the Urals and Siberia, studied ...

Modified: 30.09.2004
Second Kamchatka expedition , expedition , Steller , Halle , Francke , Siberia
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