City of Thieves

  title={City of Thieves},
  author={Roshanna P. Sylvester},
  journal={Journal of Urban History},
  pages={131 - 157}
In the closing decades of the tsarist period, St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia’s two great northern capitals, were well in the throes of the industrial revolution, their populations and economies swelling at astronomical rates. Meanwhile, in the provinces, sleepy agricultural towns were fast evolving into formidable urban centers with people, produce, and manufactured goods flowing freely on the rails laid at the behest of the determined Sergei Witte. In the south of the empire, on the coast… Expand
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