The Romanovs

How I got here: History Chicks podcast on the Romanovs (links to Part 1 and Part 2)

n.b. This post mainly talks about the last of the family to rule Russia.

My main knowledge of the Romanovs (or at least the last of the ruling family of Russia) came from the Disney animated film, Anastasia (was Dimitri smoking or what!), until I listened to the two-part podcast by The History Chicks. It always surprises me just how much there is to know about any given person or family or event in history and how little can actually be covered in a podcast. And how much curiosity I can gain from said podcast. And how little time we all have here on Earth to learn about everything.

What’s crazy about our world today is that you have so much access to primary resources that allow you to weave your own narrative about certain topics. The Romanovs were prolific photographers and left behind a trove of family photos that offer an intimate look at their family life (thus rendering their tragic fate just a little more personal).

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University has a number of Romanov family albums and have also made them available for viewing online.

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