The Russia Reader: History, Culture, Politics

The Russia Reader: History, Culture, Politics

by Adele Marie Barker
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822346567

ISBN-13: 9780822346562

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822346562
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
07/12/2010
Series:
The World Readers
Pages:
784
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 2.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

General Introduction 1

I. Icons and Archetypes 13

II. From Kyiv through Moscovy 61

III. Reform to Revolution 97

IV. Far Pavilions: Siberia 151

V. A Changing Countryside 201

VI. Near Pavilions: The Caucasus 257

VII. Revolution 305

VIII. Building a New World from Old 351

IX. Rising Stalinism 401

X. The Great Terror 447

XI. The War Years 493

XII. the Thaw 537

XIII. Russians Abroad, Near and Far 573

XIV. Life under Advanced Socialism 615

XV. Things Fall Apart 667

XVI. Building a New World, Again 701

Acknowledgment of Copyrights and Sources 743

Suggestions for Further Reader 753

Index 765

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