Culture Shock!: Russia

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CultureShock! Russia is the all-essential guide to help you understand and integrate into the largest country in the world. Discover how Russia's political and cultural histories and other influences have shaped the country and its people. Learn about the values, attitudes and lifestyle of the Russians and how you can avoid cultural and social pitfalls and adjust to the Russian way of life. This insightful book provides useful advice on practical matters such as how to set up home, what to expect from the work ...
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CultureShock! Russia is the all-essential guide to help you understand and integrate into the largest country in the world. Discover how Russia's political and cultural histories and other influences have shaped the country and its people. Learn about the values, attitudes and lifestyle of the Russians and how you can avoid cultural and social pitfalls and adjust to the Russian way of life. This insightful book provides useful advice on practical matters such as how to set up home, what to expect from the work environment, how Russians view punctuality, where to shop and even tips on learning the language. The book also highlights the best in Russian cuisine and the rich variety of leisure activities. CultureShock! Russia is a must-read for anyone new to this wonderfuland sometimes bewildering land and will pave the way for a pleasant and fulfilling stay.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780761454144
  • Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Culture Shock Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     vi
Acknowledgements     ix
Map of Russia     x
First Impressions     1
The Mysterious Russian Soul     2
Acquaintance with Russia at Home     5
Arriving in Russia     7
First Impressions     12
Overview of Land and History     32
The Russian Regions: Unity in Diversity     33
Moscow-the Heart of Russia     37
Saint Petersburg     43
The Russian Village     46
The Peculiarities of the Russian State     50
'Master of the Russian Land'     57
The Baptism of Russia     61
The Role of Religion in Russian Life     63
Different views of Russia's Development     68
Russia Between the East and the West     71
The Attitude of Russians to the Outside World     72
Russia and the Rest of the World     77
The National Character     92
The Russian Character Viewed from Outside     93
Modern Western Guidebooks to Russia     96
Collectivism     100
The Attitude to Money and Riches     105
The Attitude to the Law     107
The Altitude to Time     109
Spoken and Written Word     109
Main Features of the Russian Character     111
Traditions of Social Intercourse     116
Interaction with Friends and Colleagues     119
The Attitude to Women     122
Fashion and the Attitude Towards It     124
The Attitude to Foreigners     126
What Shall We Talk About?     127
Social Traditions and Etiquette     128
Alternative Lifestyle     133
Setting In     134
Formalities     135
Home and Family     138
Living in Russia     143
Specific Features of Everyday Life     145
Education     147
Financial Matters     159
Health     160
Shops and Purchases     161
Transportation     166
Means of Communication     153
Tips for Foreigners in Russia     169
The Russian Feast     172
The Traditions of Russian Hospitality     173
Eating Habits     175
Banquets and Business Receptions     179
An Invitation to a Russian Home     180
Restaurants and Other Public Eating Places      183
Traditional Russian Cuisine     186
Drinks     188
Russian Tea Drinking     193
Culture and Travel     196
The Russian Culture     197
The Russian Holidays     206
Travelling in Russia     211
Places of Interest     217
Sights     227
Souvenirs     230
Free Time     232
Learning the Language     236
The Russian Language     237
Russian as a Language of Intercultural Communication     240
The Russian Alphabet     242
Learning Russian     243
Addressing in Russian     245
Non-verbal Communication     247
Business in Russia     248
The Russian Businessman     249
Business Etiquette     253
Best Time for a Visit     255
Business Negotiations     256
The Main Features of Russian Business     267
Fast Facts on Russia     270
Famous People     275
Acronyms     282
Culture Quiz     284
Do's and Don'ts     290
Glossary     292
Resource Guide      295
Further Reading     304
About the Author     306
Index     307
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