When you think about American history, most people tend to think about the time of our major industrial revolution in the 19th century. The driving factor behind such innovation and mass production was our building of the railroads. This was also a major stepping stone in Europe that drove their industrial revolution. The picture above was taken by
Prokudin-Gorskiĭ in 1909 in the town of Zlatoust located in the Ural Mountains, northwest of present-day Chelyabinsk Oblast. The town and area sounding was known for their large production of steel. In 1890 this town connected with other cities, specifically Samara, to the east. This line eventually became apart of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Based on the picture I can see that this town is a major transportation hub for industrial items. Just in this picture alone there is almost 10 lines for trains to load and unload material. This picture having been taken in Imperial Russia shows how Russia was moving towards a more industrial type society having been a primarily agrarian based culture. After doing research on the city I found that Zlatoust was known as the “Home of Russian Steel” and heartland for weapons manufacturing. In the town they built a arms factory utilizing the excellent iron found in the hills of the Ural Mountains to forge swords. The Tsar Alexander I approved of the factory with the help of many European experts. By 1830 Zlatoust produced 78 percent of the Russian bladed weapons and by 1850 the entire Russian Army was armed with weapons from Zlatoust. The town continued to create weapons of war through both WWI and WWII.
As I learned in class, the criteria for industrialization requires, capital for investment, communication networks, markets, workforce, and a transportation system. This picture encapsulates just about all the criteria for an industrializing society. The capital is the steel and iron within the surrounding areas, the communication is the apparent telephone lines on the left side of the picture, markets would be the unloading of goods through box cars, the workforce is those that live within the town who work in the factories or on the railway, and the transportation system is obviously the railroad. The town is now a large city (*As seen below in a modern picture) showing how the railway had a considerable impact on the development of even the smallest town in rural imperial Russia.