The Russia Reader: History, Culture, Politics

The Russia Reader: History, Culture, Politics

by Adele Marie Barker
     
 

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.

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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

Contents

Acknowledgments....................xi
General Introduction....................1
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
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
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 and Elena Molokhovets....................128
The Challenged Gentry, Elizaveta Vodovozova....................134
Dear Nicky, Dear Sunny, The Correspondence of Nicholas II and Empress Aleksandra....................140
Russia's Conquest of Siberia, Basil Dmytryshyn, E. A. P. Crownhart-Vaughan, and 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 and Boris Prokhorov....................174
At the Source, Vladimir Sangi....................186
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
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
The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and 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, editor....................336
Gedali, Isaac Babel....................339
Two Years among the Peasants in Tambov Province, A. Okninsky....................343
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
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., editors....................422
Collectivization 1931, Ivan T. Tvardovskii....................426
Anna's Story, James Riordan, editor and translator....................431
The Proletariat's Underground Paradise, Irina Kokkinaki....................436
Bukharin 1936, J. Arch Getty and Oleg V. Naumov, editors....................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 and Ronald D. Bachman, editors....................471
Labor Camp Socialism, Galina Ivanova....................475
Spies and Murderers in the Guise of Physicians and Scientists, V. Minayev....................483
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
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 Bova....................551
When Did You Open Your Eyes? Boris I. Shragin....................559
The Last Trolley, Bulat Okudzhava....................567
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
Communal Living in Russia: Stories and Thoughts, Ilya Utekhin, Alice Nakhimovsky, Slava Paperno, and 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, editor....................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
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
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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