Making the "heart" of Russian territorialization: railways and Moscow railway stations

Alptekin, Ali Haydar
This thesis aims to analyze the role of railways and railway stations in the construction of the capital city of an industrial empire with reference to the concept of “territorialization.” The main case is Russia, where the geographical factors are prominent in the creation of the economic, political, social and cultural structure of the country; and the focus of analysis is the city of Moscow, which acted as the center of this structure as connected to its territory by a developed system of railways. The continuous processes of “territorialization”, “deterritorialization” and “reterritorialization” of the Eurasian continent by Russians and the associated nations form the basic spatial backstage of this study. The built environment as basically materialized in the capital city, which serves as the control center of territoriality, and the way how human territoriality in the country and within the capital city are interrelated, are the key issues to be investigated. In this context railways emerged as new media for territorialization in the age of industry. In this study the Russian railways and the Moscow railway stations are analyzed in their positions in the territorial configuration of industrial Russia form the mid-nineteenth century onwards. Moscow as a leading industrial as well as historical and cultural center, was not the capital city when the country introduced the rapid construction of railway network and station buildings. In this study it is claimed that the rise of Moscow to become the capital city is, thus, related with its becoming the center of the Russian railway network.
Citation Formats
A. H. Alptekin, “Making the “heart” of Russian territorialization: railways and Moscow railway stations,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2010.