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Book/Printed Material Zamechanii︠a︡ o Sibiri. Замечания о Сибири.

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  • Zamechanii︠a︡ o Sibiri.

Other Title

  • Замечания о Сибири.

Translated Title

  • Observations on Siberia.


  • Zamechaniia o Sibiri (Observations on Siberia) is a political memoir that contains a wealth of wide-ranging information about Siberia in the early 18th century. The author, A.M. Karnilov, was a senator and former governor in both Irkutsk and Tobol'sk. Typical of other books published in this period that heralded Russian progress as well as the natural wealth of Siberia, the volume highlights the transformation of the region and the economic development effected by the Russian state. The author contends that Siberia is destined to be an important part of the Russian Empire in the future, mostly for economic reasons. In evaluating the natural resources of Siberia, he divides it into two parts: a southern section between approximately 50 and 60 degrees north, and a northern section above 60 degrees north. He analyzes the economic advantages of both regions, emphasizing the agricultural potential of the southern area and the vast resource potential of the northern area, which, in his view, will stimulate industrial production. He lauds the enormous wealth of Siberia and bemoans the lack of government support for the population and the fact that the authorities too often regarded the region as mainly a place of exile. The book contains two maps on the very last page: a hand-colored "Map of the Western Part of Asiatic Russia in 1807" and a foldout map of the "Western Part of Asiatic Russia" (Tobol'sk region) that shows the course of the Ob' River from Tobol'sk to Obdorsk (present-day Salekhard), with settlements indicated by their distance from Tobol'sk. There is also a useful appendix that lists these settlements, as well as their distance from Tobol'sk, and that gives the pages in the book where the author makes reference to these settlements. The work is dedicated to the heir to the Russian throne, Alexander Nikolaevich (the future Emperor Alexander II), who was a child at the time of its publication. World Digital Library.


  • Kornilov, Alekseĭ Mihajlovich, 1760-1843 , author.
  • Alexander II, Emperor of Russia, 1818-1881 , dedicatee.


  • -  Description and travel
  • -  Economic development
  • -  Natural resources
  • -  Siberia
  • -  Russian Federation
  • -  Irkutsk Oblast
  • -  Krasnoyarsk Krai
  • -  Tyumen Oblast
  • -  Tobol'sk
  • -  Yamalo-Nenetskiy Autonomous Okrug
  • -  Obdorsk


  • -  Senator Karnilov for a number of years was the governor of Irkutsk and Tobol'sk. Text is his memoirs from that experience. Map shows the course of the Ob' from Tobol'sk to Obdorsk with settlements.
  • -  Avtor - A.M. Karnilov, byvshiĭ gubernator Irkutska, a zatem Tobol'ska - vyskazyvaet v knige ri︠a︡d soobrazheniĭ o sovershenstvovanii metodov preobrazovanii︠a︡ Sibiri i o ee khozi︠a︡ĭstvennom razvitii. Sama priroda razdelila Sibir' na dve chasti: severnui︠u︡ (vyshe 60 paralleli) s ee surovym klimatom i prirodnymi bogatstvami, prigodnui︠u︡ dli︠a︡ promyshlennogo razvitii︠a︡, i i︠u︡zhnui︠u︡ (ot 60 do 50 paralleli) - prednaznachennui︠u︡ dli︠a︡ zemledelii︠a︡.
  • -  Avtor kriticheski otnosit'si︠a︡ k deĭstvovavshim togda sposobam zaselenii︠a︡ Sibiri: za schet krest'i︠a︡n, sdavaemykh pomeshchikami vmesto rekrutov, a takzhe prevrashchenii︠a︡ ee v mesto ssylki. V prilozhenii - "Karta Zapadnoĭ chasti Aziatskoĭ Rossii po sostoi︠a︡nii︠u︡ 1807 goda" s ruchnoĭ raskraskoĭ. Prilozhena karta "Zapadnoĭ chasti Avliatskoĭ Rossii" (Tobol'skoĭ gubernii) so skhemoĭ techenii︠a︡ r. Obi ot Tobol'ska s ukazaniem rasstoi︠a︡nii︠a︡ ikh ot goroda.
  • -  Original text at: Russian State Library
  • -  Автор - А.М. Карнилов, бывший губернатор Иркутска, а затем Тобольска - высказывает в книге ряд соображений о совершенствовании методов преобразования Сибири и о ее хозяйственном развитии. Сама природа разделила Сибирь на две части: северную (выше 60 параллели) с ее суровым климатом и природными богатствами, пригодную для промышленного развития, и южную (от 60 до 50 параллели) - предназначенную для земледелия.
  • -  Автор критически относиться к действовавшим тогда способам заселения Сибири: за счет крестьян, сдаваемых помещиками вместо рекрутов, а также превращения ее в место ссылки. В приложении - "Карта Западной части Азиатской России по состоянию 1807 года" с ручной раскраской. Приложена карта "Западной части Авлиатской России" (Тобольской губернии) со схемой течения р. Оби от Тобольска с указанием расстояния их от города.


  • 104 pages : maps.

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  • Rare Books from the Russian State Library

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  • 2018694180

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Kornilov, Alekseĭ Mihajlovich, , Author, and Emperor Of Russia Alexander Ii. Zamechanii︠a︡ o Sibiri. 1828. Pdf.

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