This work gives the origins and meanings of geographical and political features of the former Soviet Union All 15 countries that were once part of the U.S.S.R are included Each of the over 2,000 entries provides, first, the name of the feature along with its Cyrillic counterpart, followed by the country, and the geographical location within the country an account of the name s origin and meaning then follows, with appropriate historical, topographical and biographical references....
|Title||:||Placenames of Russia and the Former Soviet Union: Origins and Meanings of the Names for over 2000 Natural Features, Towns, Regions and Countries|
|Publisher||:||McFarland Publishing May 1, 1996|
|Number of Pages||:||282 pages|
|File Size||:||973 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Placenames of Russia and the Former Soviet Union: Origins and Meanings of the Names for over 2000 Natural Features, Towns, Regions and Countries Reviews
If you are at all interested in toponomy (etymology of place names), you will be fascinated with this book. You will learn, for example, the difference between the seemingly identical endings to the city names "Magnitogorsk" and "Stalinogorsk". It tells you the common basis of the river names Don, Dnieper, Dniester, and throws in the Danube to boot. It distinguishes between Russian and non-Russian names. It gives you previous names: e.g. Ekaterinburg was Sverdlovsk. This last point alone probably makes it worth the price, so much having changed since the breakup of the USSR.