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The Russians: The People of Europe


This book examines the history of the Russian peoples from the time of the first inhabitants of "Old Russia", or "Rus", up to the present day.

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This book examines the history of the Russian peoples from the time of the first inhabitants of "Old Russia", or "Rus", up to the present day.

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"Milner-Gulland's strength lies in his ability to write with equal facility and conviction about literature and the visual arts, about the fourteenth or the twentieth century, a strength underpinned by a reluctance to compartmentalize the arts with conventional historical periodization ... I can think of few better books for opening doors into a fascinating but often misunderstood world." Seer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631188056
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/17/1997
  • Series: Peoples of Europe Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Milner-Gulland is Professor of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Sussex. His previous works include Cultural Atlas of Russia (1985), An Introduction to Russian Art and Architecture with J. E. Bowlt, (1980), Russian Writing Today edited with M. Durhirst, (1974), as well as many translations and articles on literary and artistic topics.

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Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Figures
1 Rus as Land and People 1
Rus and Rossiya 1
Rus as Land: Its Characteristics 4
The Human Landscape 13
Wooden Russia 28
2 Rus as People and as State 37
The East Slavs 37
The Origins of Rus 47
The People and Government of Rus 55
The Service State 63
Aftermath 76
3 Belief Systems 83
Introductory 83
Russian 'Paganism' and Folk Belief 84
The Coming of Christianity 91
Christianized Rus and 'Double Belief' 96
Holy Rus and the Orthodox World 103
Russian Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy 111
Sects and Schism 117
Beyond the Schism 126
4 'Let us Join Word to Word' 133
Russian Traditional Literature 133
Some Individual Works 143
Traditional and Modern Russian Literature 164
5 Iconic Russia 171
Folk Creativity 171
The Iconic World 175
Art and Architecture in Rus 183
Icons and the 'Modern Movement' 197
Symbolic Landscapes 208
Conclusion 227
Select Bibliography 231
Chronological Table to 1917 239
Index 245
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