Russia and Western Civilization Cutural and Historical Encounters

Author: Russell Bova
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317460553
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This volume introduces readers to an age-old question that has perplexed both Russians and Westerners. Is Russia the eastern flank of Europe? Or is it really the heartland of another civilization? In exploring this question, the authors present a sweeping survey of cultural, religious, political, and economic developments in Russia, especially over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Based on the inter-disciplinary Russian studies program at Dickinson College, this splendid collection will complement many curricula. The text features highlight boxes and selected illustrations. Each chapter ends with a glossary, study questions, and a reading list.

Cross Cultural Encounters in Modern World History

Author: Jon T. Davidann
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315507951
Format: PDF
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Cross-Cultural Encounters in Modern World History explores cultural contact as an agent of change. It takes an encounters approach to world history since 1500, rather than a political one, to reveal different perspectives and experiences as well as key patterns and transformations. It studies the spaces between cultures historically to help us transcend human differences today in a rapidly globalizing world. The text focuses on first encounters that suggest long-term developments and particularly significant encounters that have changed the direction of world history. Because of the complexities of these encounters, the author takes a user-friendly approach to keep the text accessible to students with varying backgrounds in history.

Beyond the Pale

Author: Benjamin Nathans
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520242326
Format: PDF, Mobi
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"Nathans's deeply researched and meticulously argued book takes us into the drawing rooms and offices of successful Jews of St. Petersburg and greatly enhances our understanding not only of Jewish intellectual, political, and professional leadership but of Russian politics and society as well."--Richard Stites, author of Russian Popular Culture "The work of an extremely talented and intelligent historian. It breaks new ground both conceptually and substantively."--Michael Stanislawski, author of Zionism and the Fin de Siècle "Ben Nathans moves in this remarkable book well beyond the standard spatial as well as conceptual boundaries typically associated with prerevolutionary Russian Jewry. It is the work of a splendid historian who negotiates brilliantly the borders of Russian and Jewish history, and manages to link the two persuasively in an original, lucid narrative."--Steven J. Zipperstein, author of Imagining Russian Jewry

Russian Art and the West

Author: Rosalind Polly Blakesley
Format: PDF
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This book addresses the lively artistic dialogue that took place between Russia and the West--in particular with the United States, Britain, and France--from the 1860s to the Khrushchev Thaw. Offering stimulating new readings of cross-cultural exchange, it illuminates Russia's compelling, and sometimes combative, relation with western art in this period of profound cultural transformation. Russian Art and the West breaks new ground in the range of its material and its chronological span. Attending both to vanguard tendencies and to the official artistic institutions and practices of the tsarist and Soviet eras, it casts light on seminal developments little studied in western scholarship, while also providing new contexts for, and fresh insights into, the avant-garde of the early 20th century. The book's eleven essays by leading experts on Russian art and design explore painting, architecture, and the decorative arts, considering not only the objects but also the patrons, audiences, exhibitions, and critical readings that together shaped national culture in an international context. Written in an accessible style and encompassing a variety of approaches, they collectively rethink conventional polarities and influences, and unpack the myths of separateness and isolation so often associated with artistic endeavor in late imperial or Soviet Russia. This illustrated volume will appeal to students, scholars, and general readers seeking to understand the fuller context of Russian artistic culture during a remarkable century of social and political change.

Russia and Courtly Europe

Author: Jan Hennings
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107050596
Format: PDF, ePub
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This book explores diplomacy and ritual practice at a moment of new departures and change in both early modern Europe and Russia.

How Russia Shaped the Modern World

Author: Steven Gary Marks
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691096841
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Considers Russia's contributions to the events of the twentieth century, noting its significant role in the expression of modern art; the perceptions that caused Russia to be regarded as an antithesis of capitalist and imperialist America; and its part in the development of vegetarianism, environmentalism, extremism, and terrorism. (History)