The epic history of Russia's eastward expansion comes alive in this feature-length special. A captivating look at a vast and misunderstood land. Travel the trans-Siberian railroad and visit the sites where history was made.Filled with extraordinary footage and archival photos.Even in the 21st century, vast stretches of its epic expanse remain undiscovered and unexplored. Yet it has played a pivotal role in Russian history for generations. How The East Was Wonventures into the northern forests and rides the trans-Siberian railway across an enigmatic land of majestic beauty and abundant natural resources. See how Russia's eastward expansion mirrored America's drive to the west, and relive the landmark events in Siberian history. From the Cossack invasions of the 16th century to the fall of communism and the social ills plaguing the region today, this authoritative, feature-length special is filled with breathtaking footage and interviews with scholars, historians, and the residents of this unique land.