|The German Colonies on the Volga: The Second Half of the 18th Century
by Dr. Igor R. Pleve
Translated by Richard Rye
This book traced the history of the Germans on the Volga in the second half of the eighteenth century, and it presents a rich source of archival material.. Special attention is paid to the development of the mechanism of inviting and settling foreign colonist on the Volga. The economic situation of the colonist is examined in detail. The causes of the initial situation of the immigrants in their first years of residence in the Saratov region and their successful economic activities during this time are revealed. The system of government in the colonies is also researched in detail. Presented for the first time is one section of one of the so-called "Kuhlberg Lists" (for the ship Anna Catharina), which list passengers arriving in May, June, and August 1766. Also presented for the first time are the lists of first settlers of ten German colonies on the Volga: Seewald, Kautz, Schuck, Leichtling, Kamenka, Vollmer, Preuss, Merkel, Rothhammel, and Kratzke. Many situations presented in this book allow us to look anew at the history of Germans on the Volga. It is a fascinating book for a wide audience who are interested in the history of the Volga Germans.