The Russia Reader: History, Culture, Politics

The Russia Reader: History, Culture, Politics

by Adele Marie Barker

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ISBN-10: 0822346486

ISBN-13: 9780822346487

Pub. Date: 07/12/2010

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Letters recording the reactions of ordinary Russians to the Revolution as events unfolded in 1917, an account of the day-to-day scramble to make a living after the end of the Soviet Union, and excerpts from a sixteenth-century manual instructing elite Muscovites on proper household management-The Russia Reader brings these and many other selections together in this


Letters recording the reactions of ordinary Russians to the Revolution as events unfolded in 1917, an account of the day-to-day scramble to make a living after the end of the Soviet Union, and excerpts from a sixteenth-century manual instructing elite Muscovites on proper household management-The Russia Reader brings these and many other selections together in this introduction to the history, culture, and politics of the world's largest country, from the earliest written accounts of the Russian people to today, Conveying the texture of everyday life alongside experiences of epic historical events, the book is filled with the voices of men and women, rulers and revolutionaries, peasants, soldiers, literary figures, émigrés, journalists, and scholars. Most of the selections are by Russians, and thirty are translated into English for the first time.

Illustrated with maps, paintings, photographs, posters, and cartoons, The Russia Reader incorporates song lyrics, jokes, anecdotes, and folktales, as well as poems, essays, and fiction by writers, including Akhmatova, Dostoyevsky, Pushkin, and Tolstoi. Transcripts from the show trials of major Party figures and an account of how staff at the Lenin Library in Moscow were instructed to interact with foreigners are among the many selections based on personal memoirs and archival materials only recently made available to the public. From a tenth-century emissary's description of his encounters in Kyivan Rus', to a scientist's recollections of her life in a new research city built from scratch in Siberia during the 1950s, to a novelist's depiction of the decadence of the "New Russians" in the 2000s, The Russia Reader is an extraordinary introduction to a vast and varied country.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

General Introduction 1

I Icons and Archetypes

The Scythians Aleksandr Blok 13

On Russian Distinctiveness and Universality Fyodor Dostoyevsky 16

To Russia (March 1854) Aleksei Khomiakov 20

Moscow and Petersburg: 1842 Aleksandr Herzen 22

"Great Russians" and "Little Russians," Andreas Kappeler 31

Bathing the Russian Way, From Folklore to the Songs of Vladimir Vysotskii 40

A Cosmopolitan Project Susan Buck-Morss 47

II From Kyiv through Muscovy

The Igor Tale Anonymous 61

The Russian Primary Chronicle Anonymous 66

Slavic Byzantium George P. Fedotov 70

Russia through Arabian Eyes Ibn Fadlan 75

Rules for Russian Households Att. Monk Sylvestr 80

My Early Life Ivan IV 85

III Reform to Revolution

The Bronze Horseman Aleksandr Pushkin 97

Peter's Social Reforms John Perry 101

Love and Conquest, The Correspondence of Catherine II and Grigory Potemkin 110

The War of 1812 Leo N. Tolstoi 115

Description of the Clergy in Rural Russia I S. Belliustin 120

Emancipating the Serfs Petr Kropotkin 125

Classic Russian Cooking Joyce Toomre Elena Molokhovets 128

The Challenged Gentry Elizaveta Vodovozova 134

Dear Nicky, Dear Sunny, The Correspondence of Nicholas II Empress Aleksandra 140

IV Far Pavilions: Siberia

Russia's Conquest of Siberia Basil Dmytryshyn E. A. R Crownhart-Vaughan Thomas Vaughan, editors and translators 151

Sibiriaks Marie Czaplicka 158

Exile by Administrative Process George Kennan 162

Science Everywhere Ol'ga Marchuk 168

The Big Problems of Little Peoples Aleksandr Pika Boris Prokhorov 174

At the Source Vladimir Sangi 186

V A Changing Countryside

The Dacha Faddei Bulgarin 201

Work Done "Out of Respect," Aleksandr Engelgardt 207

The Mushroom Hunt Sofya Kovalevskaya 213

Progress and Prosperity Sir Donald Mackenzie Wallace 218

Svetloyar: In a Wild and Holy Place Vladimir Korolenko 222

Searching for Icons Vladimir Soloukhin 237

The Village of Posady Lev Timofeev 243

VI Near Pavilions: The Caucasus

The Russian Conquest of the Caucasus John F. Baddeley 257

Mtsyri Mikhail Lermontov 263

Sandro of Chegem Fazil Iskander 270

Chechnya-A Brief Explanation Georgi Derluguian 281

Evening Prayers Idris Bazorkin 293

VII Revolution

The Communist Manifesto Karl Marx Friedrich Engels 305

The Background of Revolution Edward Hallett Carr 310

Revolution and the Front Viktor Shklovsky 319

Letters from the Front Ol'ga Chaadaeva, comp 326

The Withering Away of the State Vladimir Lenin [V. I. Ulianov] 331

Voices of Revolution, 1917 Mark Steinberg 336

Gedali Isaac Babel 339

Two Years among the Peasants in Tambov Province A. Okninsky 343

VIII Building a New World from Old

Make Way for Winged Eros Aleksandra Kollontai 351

The Bathhouse Mikhail Zoshchenko 362

We: Variant of a Manifesto Dziga Vertov 365

The Travels of My Brother Aleksei to the Land of Peasant Utopia Aleksandr Chaianov 370

Learning to Labor Anastasiia Bushueva 378

Stalin's Forgotten Zion Robert Weinberg 388

IX Rising Stalinism

Lenin's "Last Testament," Vladimir Lenin 401

The Body and the Shrine Nina Tumarkin 405

Soviet Literature: The Richest in Ideas Andrei Zhdanov 413

Swell the Harvest, Shock Brigade of Composers and Poets 417

Dizzy with Success Joseph Stalin 419

The War against the Peasantry, 1929-30 Lynne Viola et al 422

Collectivization 1931 Ivan T. Tvardovskii 426

Anna's Story James Riordan 431

The Proletariat's Underground Paradise Irina Kokkinaki 436

X The Great Terror

Bukharin 1936 J. Arch Getty Oleg V. Naumov 447

Mass Attack on the Watershed Maxim Gorky et al 453

Requiem Anna Akhmatova 456

Memories and Biographies of the Leningrad Terror Leningrad Martyrology 465

Revelations from the Russian Archives Diane P. Koenker Ronald D. Bachman 471

Labor Camp Socialism Galina Ivanova 475

Spies and Murderers in the Guise of Physicians and Scientists V. Minayev 483

XI The War Years

June 1941: The Enemy Will Be Destroyed Leningrad Pravda editorial 493

Magnificent Stubbornness Vasilii Grossman 497

Wait for Me, Konstantin Simonov 508

Smolensk Roads, Konstantin Simonov 510

The Blockade Diary of A. I. Vinokurov 513

The Diary of a Red Army Soldier S. F. Putiakov 518

Tragic Numbers: The Lives Taken by the War Ol'ga Verbitskaia 520

The Paradox of Nostalgia for the Front Viacheslav Kondrat'ev 523

XII The Thaw

March 5th, 1953 Yevgeny Yevtushenko 537

The Secret Speech Nikita Khrushchev 540

The Defense of a Prison-Camp Official Anna Zakharova 545

Who Lives Better? Giuseppe Boffa 551

When Did You Open Your Eyes? Boris I. Shragin 559

The Last Trolley Bulat Okudzhava 567

XIII Russians Abroad, Near and Far

Russian Harbin E. P. Taskina 573

China Aleksandr Vertinskii 586

From Harbin, Home Natal'ia Il'ina 588

On the Banks of the Seine Irina Odoevtseva 593

108th Street Sergei Dovlatov 599

XIV Life under Advanced Socialism

Communal Living in Russia: Stories and Thoughts Ilya Utekhin Alice Nakhimovsky Slava Paperno Nancy Ries 615

Trial of a Young Poet: The Case of Joseph Brodsky 621

The Most Well-Read Country in the World S.S. Vishnevskii 627

International Relations at the Lenin Library Galina Koltypina 633

Moscow Circles Benedict Erofeev 639

The Soviet Middle Class Maya Turovskaya 650

Anecdotes of the Times 658

Partisans of the Full Moon Akvarium 661

XV Things Fall Apart

The Most Responsible Phase of Perestroika Mikhail Gorbachev 667

Causes of the Collapse of the USSR Alexander Dallin 673

Our Fairy-Tale Life Nancy Ries 684

Getting By Valerii Pisigin 692

XVI Building a New World Again

Burying the Bones Orlando Figes 701

Pyramids and Prophets Eliot Borenstein 706

My Precious Capital Mikhail Ryklin 714

Fade to Red? Masha Lipman 721

Casual Oksana Robski 729

Anecdotes about New Russians 734

Return to the Motherland Irina Sandomirskaia 735

Suggestions for Further Reading 743

Acknowledgment of Copyrights and Sources 753

Index 765

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