What does “great Russian literature” say about how and why Bashkortostan was conquered and subdued

What does “great Russian literature” say about how and why Bashkortostan was conquered and subdued

How they conquered and subdued:

“The Bashkir stepped over the threshold with difficulty (he was in the stock) and, taking off his high hat, stopped at the door. I looked at him and shuddered. I will never forget this man. He seemed to be over seventy years old. He had neither a nose nor ears. His head was shaved; instead of a beard, several gray hairs stuck out; he was short, skinny and hunched; but his narrow eyes still sparkled with fire. “Ehe! – the commandant said, recognizing, by his terrible signs, one of the rebels punished in 1741. – Well, you are obviously an old wolf, you have been in our traps. Probably, this is not the first time you have rebelled, since your head is so smoothly shaved. Come a little closer; tell me, who sent you?”

The old Bashkir was silent […]

  • Yakshi, – the commandant said, you will speak to me. Guys! take off his stupid striped robe and stitch his back. […]

The Bashkir […] opened his mouth, in which a short stub moved instead of a tongue.

Captain’s daughter.

(c) A.S. Pushkin.

Why did they conquer and subdued:

“Excellent land, more than seven thousand acres, thirty verstas (measure of length)  from Ufa, along the Belaya river, with many lakes, one of which was about three verstas long, the land was bought for a small price. My father eagerly and in detail told me how many birds and fish there are, how many different berries there are, how many lakes there are, and what wonderful forests grow there. His stories delighted me and inflamed my imagination so much that even at night I raved about the new beautiful land! On top of that, in the judicial act they gave it the name of Sergeevskaya Pustosh, and the village that they wanted to immediately settle there next spring was called Sergeevka in advance.

Childhood years of Bagrov the grandson.

(c) S. T. Aksakov


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