2-13-2014 Historical Crimea

HISTORICAL CRIMEA

 

A reader sent this beautifully photographed video about Sochi – a reader who said she was tired of the negative press comments about hotel rooms and toilets..

 

Click on the photo.  It’s a Powerpoint presentation.
Then visit other parts of the Crimea, in particular Yalta, the historically most important city in the region.  Here, Russian nobles built great mansions and the superbly crafted Alexander Nevsky cathedral.  The mansions include Massandra Palace, used by Stalin and featuring a wax figure of Stalin at his desk.  But, the architectural and historical gem is Livadia, the palace built by Nicholas II.

 

The Europe much as we know it today was handshaped by Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin – FDR gave away too much.  Nicholas had hoped to retire to Livadia after he abdicated but he and family were exiled to Ekaterinburg where they were assassinated.

 

Perhaps you noticed the crests on the uniforms worn by the Russian and German hockey teams – the double eagle of the Romanovs and the double eagle of the Prussian royal family.  A great deal of history is associated with those crests.  I have perhaps more interest in that history than some readers.  My great-grandfather was an officer in the Prussian cavalry under Bismarck.  I tried unsuccessfully to find a genealogical link to Princess Alice of Hesse, who became the Czarina Alexandra after her marriage to Nicholas.

 

A critical footnote to WWI, whose 100th anniversary is remembered through out Europe.  It was called the War of the Cousins because the King of England, the czar of Russia and the German Kaiser were all cousins, as was Princess Alice, all descendants of Queen Victoria.  Intermarriage was seen as a factor in the hemophilia of the Czarevich, Alexei.  A point well made by Robert Massie is that if there had been no hemophilia, there would have been no Rasputin; if there had been no Rasputin, there would have been no revolution.
2014WinterspielienSzocsi.pps (8.1mb)

2014WinterspiellienSzpcsi.pps

HISTORICAL CRIMEA

A reader sent this beautifully photographed video about Sochi – a reader who said she was tired of the negative press comments about hotel rooms and toilets..

Click on the photo.  It’s a Powerpoint presentation.
Then visit other parts of the Crimea, in particular Yalta, the historically most important city in the region.  Here, Russian nobles built great mansions and the superbly crafted Alexander Nevsky cathedral.  The mansions include Massandra Palace, used by Stalin and featuring a wax figure of Stalin at his desk.  But, the architectural and historical gem is Livadia, the palace built by Nicholas II.

The Europe much as we know it today was handshaped by Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin – FDR gave away too much.  Nicholas had hoped to retire to Livadia after he abdicated but he and family were exiled to Ekaterinburg where they were assassinated.

Perhaps you noticed the crests on the uniforms worn by the Russian and German hockey teams – the double eagle of the Romanovs and the double eagle of the Prussian royal family.  A great deal of history is associated with those crests.  I have perhaps more interest in that history than some readers.  My great-grandfather was an officer in the Prussian cavalry under Bismarck.  I tried unsuccessfully to find a genealogical link to Princess Alice of Hesse, who became the Czarina Alexandra after her marriage to Nicholas.

A critical footnote to WWI, whose 100th anniversary is remembered through out Europe.  It was called the War of the Cousins because the King of England, the czar of Russia and the German Kaiser were all cousins, as was Princess Alice, all descendants of Queen Victoria.  Intermarriage was seen as a factor in the hemophilia of the Czarevich, Alexei.  A point well made by Robert Massie is that if there had been no hemophilia, there would have been no Rasputin; if there had been no Rasputin, there would have been no revolution.

2014WinterspielienSzocsi.pps (8.1mb)

2014WinterspiellienSzpcsi.pps

 

 

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