These site are designed to provide an overview
of materials available on the web in the area of Russian history and
culture. They provide a filtered selection of sources and save you
the trouble of wading through the vast number of pages that an open ended
search would produce. For any internet research they are an
essential first step. But be aware of the following drawbacks: 1)
Selection. The best portal sites will make an effort to be
reasonably selective in their choice of materials, but others
seem to including everything remotely relevant to the topic at hand.
Just because you reach a web site through a reputable portal doesn't mean
the site itself is reliable or comprehensive. 2) Coverage.
There are no standard procedures for identifying or cataloging materials
on the web. Different portals will often present very different
selections of materials. Just because you have been to one portal
doesn't mean you conducted a thorough search. 3)
Maintenance. Generally most portals present a reasonably good
selection of materials available at the time when they were created.
But few of the portal web masters do a conscientious job maintaining their
sites on a daily basis. Sites are updated with new materials
and purged of rotten links all too infrequently. Just because
you have searched the portal sites doesn't mean you have to most up to
A very large collection of links,
but the quality is can be fairly uneven.
A discussion group of
Russian historians. Contains archive of book reviews and discussions.
University of Texas at
Austin portal. Rather limited selection of sites.
University Internet Resources for Russian Studies
The best general portal
site. Comprehensive and well-maintained.
A large and somewhat
random selection. Needs update.
Good general information
A Finnish site. Noted
for its collection of Soviet propaganda posters.
University Russian Studies
A large and useful
collection. Excessive gimmicks make for cumbersome navigation.
Sites on Tolstoy and Anna Karenina
Use with caution! For
general background information--but watch for factual errors.
Birukoff, Leo Tolstoy: Childhood and Early Manhood
biographical account of Tolstoy's early years
The complete Russian text on-line.
Karenina. Translated by Constance Garnett
complete on-line text in English
Theatre: Anna Karenina
The companion web site for the PBS
on-line photogallery of Tolstoy's estate
criticism and links to additional on-line resources
Last Days of Leo Tolstoy by V. G. Chertkov.
on-line edition of Chertkov's account of Tolstoy's death with additional