Russian Century

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Overview

The Russian Century is the most comprehensive and accessible collection of readings devoted to Russian culture and civilization. The fascinating first-person accounts paint a vivid picture of the Russian people through the turbulent years of the collapse of the Soviet Union. This book allows readers to see Russia through the private lives of people who come from diverse backgrounds, various educational and socio-economic experiences, and a broad geographic spectrum. Diary entries, personal sketches, memoirs, and letters tell these stories in an intimate and authentic voice of immediate experience rather than the distant, general flow of history. Translated into English for the first time, personal matters as well as the larger social and political context are revealed in a manner that provides significant insight into a powerful, distinctive, and influential culture. All too often the Russian experience has been presented as either horrific or heroic. This volume goes beyond that approach and deals with areas which have received little or no attention to existing studies of Russian history and culture—love, sexuality, courtship, marriage, family life, work, education, and religion.

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Editorial Reviews

The Russian Review
The editors undertook the ambitious task of presenting over a hundred years of Russia's history. . . . The chronological scope of The Russian Century is quite impressive and takes its readers across major milestones of Russian history. . . . The wide range of voices makes this volume an indispensable tool for teaching undergraduate courses in Russian culture.
Slavic and East European Journal
Wonderful and handy collection of writings that renders to the reader a multiplicity of private Russian worlds. . . . The book makes a rich, contextual supplement to any course on Russian civilization or twentieth-century Russian literature in translation. . . . Excellent collection.
The Keene Sentinel
This is an enlightening, well-structured collection....striking.
Winter 2009 The Russian Review
The editors undertook the ambitious task of presenting over a hundred years of Russia's history. . . . The chronological scope of The Russian Century is quite impressive and takes its readers across major milestones of Russian history. . . . The wide range of voices makes this volume an indispensable tool for teaching undergraduate courses in Russian culture.
Fall 2009 Slavic and East European Journal
Wonderful and handy collection of writings that renders to the reader a multiplicity of private Russian worlds. . . . The book makes a rich, contextual supplement to any course on Russian civilization or twentieth-century Russian literature in translation. . . . Excellent collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761840671
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 9/9/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 1,149,999
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

George Pahomov is Professor of literature and language and culture and civilization at Bryn Mawr College. He holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from New York University. Nickolas Lupinin is Senior Lecturer of History at Franklin Pierce College and Center Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. He holds a Ph.D. in History from New York University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Glossary of Terms Part 4 Part I: The Vanished Presence: Russia Before 1914 Chapter 5 Viktor Chernov, Idylls on the Volga Chapter 6 Sergie N. Durylin, Domestic Love Chapter 7 Sofia Kovalevskaia, A Thief in the House Chapter 8 Oleg Pantiukhov, A Student's Summer Chapter 9 Aleksandra Tyrkova-Williams, A Women's History Chapter 10 Nikolai Volkov-Muromtsev, Memories Chapter 11 Vladimir Zensinov, Coming of Age Chapter 12 Vasilii Nikiforov-Volgin, Presanctified Gifts Chapter 13 Mark Vishniak, In Two Worlds Chapter 14 Konstantin Paustovskii, Commencement Revelry Part 15 Part II: Instability and Dislocation: 1914-1929 Chapter 16 Georgii Altaev, How I Became a Cub Scout Chapter 17 Nikolai Filatov: A Soldier's Letters Chapter 18 Konstantin Paustovskii, Save Your Strength Chapter 19 Roman Gul, We're in Power Now Chapter 20 Sergei Mamontov, Civil War: A White Army Journal Chapter 21 Vera Volkonskaia, Orphaned by Revolution Chapter 22 Mikhail Gol'dshtein, My First Recital Chapter 23 Vikto Kravchenko, Youth in Red Chapter 24 Vasilii Ianov, The Heart of a Peasant Part 25 Part III: Unrelenting Order and Terror: 1930-1953 Chapter 26 B. Brovtsyn, Dearly Beloved Chapter 27 Tat'iana Fresenko, Internal Dissenter Chapter 28 Nila Magidoff, Only to Travel! Only to Live! Chapter 29 Tat'iana Fresenko, War-Scorched Kiev Chapter 30 Elena I. Kochina, Blockade Diary Chapter 31 N. Ianevich, Literary Politics Chapter 32 K. Vadot, The Terrorist Part 33 Part IV: Apogee and Fracture: 1954-1991 Chapter 34 Mariia Shapiro, A Soviet Capitalist Chapter 35 Valerii Leviatov, My Path to God Chapter 36 Valentin Kataev, A Paschal Memory Chapter 37 Kirill Kostsinskii [K.V. Uspenskill], A Dissident's Trial Chapter 38 Iurii Krotkov, The KGB in Action Chapter 39 Vladimir Azbel, Siberian Adversity 40 Leonid Shebarshin, Three Days in August

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