Author Archive

All finished and the European Studies Conference

By • Apr 18th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Well it’s finally done.  It’s hard to imagine that after over a year of work and research, I have a reached the end.  It’s a nice feeling, but also a tiny bit sad.  I also find it hilarious that right after I submitted my final copy that this article popped up in my Google Reader: […]

The post All finished and the European Studies Conference appeared first on Colonization in Russia’s Periphery.



Quickly approaching the end….

By • Apr 14th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, Thesis

With just three days left until the thesis is officially due, I’m busy making final edits.  It seems weird that soon I’ll be done with something that has been a major part of my life this past year.  At times its hard for me to comprehend all that I have done, but I know I’ll […]

The post Quickly approaching the end…. appeared first on Colonization in Russia’s Periphery.



Progress

By • Feb 8th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Really working through the thesis now.  I’m very pleased at how my topic has evolved.  I’m even thinking about adding a different section about Tatar language policy.  I think it really reflects the national memory that the Tatars have constructed for themselves in a post-Soviet setting. I signed up to present my research at an […]

The post Progress appeared first on Colonization in Russia’s Periphery.



Start of the new semester

By • Jan 20th, 2010 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Well my last undergraduate semester has started.  I’m using my relaxed senior schedule to spend a lot of extra time on my thesis. My goal is to write five pages a week, maybe even two pages a day. Currently I’m working on the Bolghar capital section. It’s really interesting to read about the differing interpretations […]

The post Start of the new semester appeared first on Colonization in Russia’s Periphery.



Hello….long time

By • Dec 19th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Well it’s been a very long time since I’ve updated this long.  Senior year has taken its toll on me much more than I could have ever suspected.  But the semester is over, and I have no excuses now to just buckle down and finish this thesis! Since the summer, I’ve developed an outline of […]

The post Hello….long time appeared first on Colonization in Russia’s Periphery.



Back from Kazan

By • Aug 9th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I recently returned from my summer trip to Kazan. Over the next few days I’ll be trying to collect my impressions of my trip to the city. It was a great opportunity for me to experience another culture beside Russian up close. I really do believe that living in Kazan will provide new insights for […]

The post Back from Kazan appeared first on Colonization in Russia’s Periphery.



Bolgar

By • Jul 30th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This past weekend, we took a trip down the Volga to the old capital of the Volga Bulgaria, Bolgar. The city is extremely old, some of the buildings were actually constructed in the 8th century. Volga Bulgaria was a powerful entity in the Volga region, until the Mongols arrived and created the Kazan Khanate. From […]

The post Bolgar appeared first on Colonization in Russia’s Periphery.



Ğabdulla Tuqay

By • Jul 20th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This past Saturday I visited a real Tatar village about an hour outside of Kazan. It’s the place where one of the most, if not the most, famous Tatar poet was born. His name is Ğabdulla Tuqay (1886-1913), but he is often referred to as the Tatar Pushkin, because of his transformation of the Tatar language. It was […]

The post Ğabdulla Tuqay appeared first on Colonization in Russia’s Periphery.



Other areas of focus…

By • Jul 14th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Being in Kazan has only affirmed my desire to devote a portion of my research to the Russian colonization of the Tatar people. I’d still like to choose another area, possible as a comparsion to the polices used in Kazan. Going through some articles on the subject of Russian colonization, I’ve decided to also include […]

The post Other areas of focus… appeared first on Colonization in Russia’s Periphery.



Kazan: A Brief (really brief) History

By • Jul 12th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

            Since I have decided to focus on Kazan as one area of my research, a little background history of the area is necessary. Kazan is the current capital of the Tatarstan Republic in the Russian Federation. Prior to this, Kazan was part of the Bulgar state, a powerful principality that […]

The post Kazan: A Brief (really brief) History appeared first on Colonization in Russia’s Periphery.