Russia Imagined: Art, Culture, and National Identity, 1840-1995

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These interdisciplinary essays in Russian and Western cultural and intellectual history shed light on the migration of people, politics, art, and ideas between Russia, Europe, and the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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These interdisciplinary essays in Russian and Western cultural and intellectual history shed light on the migration of people, politics, art, and ideas between Russia, Europe, and the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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A collection of 18 essays, most reprinted, covering 30 years of research and writing. Williams' main focus has been the relationship between the Russians and the west, both Europe and the US. Some of his topics are western thought and non-western nationalism in the Russian soul, Bolshevism in the west from Leninist totalitarians to cultural revolutionaries, changing directions in Russian Berlin 1922-24, America's lost Russian paintings and the 1904 St. Louis Exposition, and the Russian Revolution and the end of time. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Acknowledgements
Preface
1 The Russian Soul: Western Thought and Non-Western Nationalism 3
2 Russians in Germany, 1900-1914 19
3 Concerning the Western Spiritual in Russian Art: Vasily Kandinsky 45
4 Theosophy and Revolution: Huntly Carter and the "New Spirit" in Early Soviet Theater 61
5 Bolshevism in the West: From Leninist Totalitarians to Cultural Revolutionaries 75
6 Collective Immortality: Western Syndicalism and Russian Proletarian Culture 97
7 Cultural Revolution: The Nationalization of Early Soviet Culture 111
8 The Last Man in Europe: Orwell and the Politics of Collectivism 127
9 Russia Abroad 143
10 Memory's Defense: The Real Life of Vladimir Nabokov's Berlin 153
11 "Changing Directions" in Russian Berlin, 1922-1924 163
12 Boris Todtli: A Russian Fascist and Nazi Germany 177
13 America's Lost Russian Paintings and the 1904 St. Louis Exposition 187
14 The Quiet Trade: Russian Art and Western Money, 1928-1938 215
15 Selling the Romanov Treasure 231
16 The Russian Revolution and the End of Time 253
17 Father George Florovsky's Ecumenical Eschatology 299
18 Virtuous Republics and Eternal Empires: Goose Steppes, Weimar on the Volga, and Other Western Analogies 309
Endnotes 323
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