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Posted 09 February 2003 - 02:01 AM
My grandparents are Volga Tatars, they immigrated to China after Russian Revolution. My parents and I was born in China, we immigrated to Turkey in the mid 1950s, and I grew up there. Now I live in Northern California.
Posted 09 February 2003 - 02:20 AM
To USC, my main sympathies lies with USA, and Turkey, but I'm not anti-Russian by any means.
Posted 09 February 2003 - 02:40 AM
The city of Penza bears its name in honor of the river on whose shores it was built. At present, the river Sura runs through the center of the city, and the river Penza flows into the Sura near the outskirts of Penza. Perhaps things looked different 300 year ago!
The meaning of the word 'penza' has been lost over the centuries. There is a number of mutually excluding hypotheses explaining the possible meaning of the word.
According to one of them, many many years ago one rich Mordovian man lived here. This man was the owner of the land on which the city was built. The name of the man was Pianza. In the course of time this name has been transformed into Pienza, and then - into Penza. The last version of the name has been assigned both to the river, and to the city.
Another hypothesis supposes that the word 'penza' means 'bird-cherry' in the ancient Mordovian language. This supposition has no solid historical foundation, but we like it. Really, the shores of this small river are covered with shrubs of bird-cherry.
Posted 09 February 2003 - 02:50 AM
The first stone houses emerged in Penza during the last decade of the 18th century.
From 1801 to 1928 Penza was the administrative center of the Penza region. The region was restored in 1939.
Considerable growth of the city started in the second half of the 19th century. Serfdom had been abolished in Russia at that time.
Several railway lines were laid across the Penza region from 1874 to 1896. They had so much influence on the development of the city that a water pipe was put into operation there in 1898. Here are some pictures of Penza of that time:
However, Penza remained a provincial town with little industry until the Great October Socialist Revolution. At present, almost 80 years after this historical event, it is apparent that Penza has not been transformed into a capital even after the Revolution. Nevertheless, industry has become more advanced in Penza. A success has also been achieved as regards housing. There were 18.5 square meters of living space per person in 1994. The city has grown: 160,000 people lived in Penza in 1939, while 546,500 lived here in 1994.
Posted 09 February 2003 - 03:51 AM
A moderator will be by with cakes and tea; if you want anything stronger, you're on your own.
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Posted 09 February 2003 - 03:43 PM
JezMan, I don't know if Tatars invented Tartar sauce. I think it might have been named so because of it's sweet and mild properties
Posted 10 April 2005 - 09:04 PM
I'm reading a book right now that mentions the mighty Tatars fairly often. It's called RUSSKA by Edward Rutherford; sort of like a History of Russia in novel format.
See you around - how's the People's Socialist Republic of Kalifornia treating you?
Posted 10 April 2005 - 09:07 PM
Originally posted by LifeisGood
The Volga Tatars are the westernmost of all Turkic nationalities living in the Soviet Union. Among them, there are two major groups v the Kazan Tatars and the Mishars; although each is characterized by linguistic and ethnogenetic particularities, their differences have not hindered the emergence and development of a common language and culture.
I think you need a haircut. I should say a completely new look, the red cap doesn't fit your personality.
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