Russia Reader History, Culture, Politics

ISBN-10: 0822346486

ISBN-13: 9780822346487

Edition: 2010

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An account of the day-to-day scramble to make ends meet after the end of the Soviet Union, letters recording ordinary Russians' reactions to the Revolution as events unfolded in 1917, and excerpts from a sixteenth-century manual instructing elite Muscovites on proper household management-The Russia Readerbrings 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 reader is filled with the voices of men and women, rulers and revolutionaries, peasants, soldiers, literary figures, eacute;migreacute;s, journalists, and scholars. Most of the selections are by Russians; thirty are translated into English for the first time. The collection is illustrated with maps, paintings, photographs, posters, and cartoons; fifteen images appear in colour. The volume's editors introduce each of the thematic sections and all of the written selections.The Russia Readerincorporates song lyrics, jokes, anecdotes, and folktales as well as poems, essays, and fiction by writers including Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoi, and Akhmatova. 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 describing his encounters in Kyivan Rus', to a scientist recalling her life in a new research city built from scratch in Siberia during the 1950s, to a novelist depicting the decadence of the "New Russians" in the 2000s,The Russia Readeris an extraordinary introduction to a vast and varied land.
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List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 7/12/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 784
Size: 6.15" wide x 9.25" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.728
Language: English

Adele Marie Barker is Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies at the University of Arizona. She is the author of The Mother Syndrome in the Russian Folk Imagination and coeditor of Dialogues/Dialogi: Literary and Cultural Exchanges between (Ex)Soviet and American Women, also published by Duke University Press.

General Introduction
Icons and Archetypes
The Scythians
On Russian Distinctiveness and Universality
To Russia (March 1854)
Moscow and Petersburg: 1842
�Great Russians� and �Little Russians,�
Bathing the Russian Way, From Folklore to the Songs of Vladimir Vysotskii
A Cosmopolitan Project
From Kyiv through Muscovy
The Igor Tale
The Russian Primary Chronicle
Slavic Byzantium
Russia through Arabian Eyes
Rules for Russian Households
My Early Life
Reform to Revolution
The Bronze Horseman
Peter's Social Reforms
Love and Conquest, The Correspondence of Catherine II and Grigory Potemkin
The War of 1812
Description of the Clergy in Rural Russia
Emancipating the Serfs
Classic Russian Cooking
The Challenged Gentry
Dear Nicky, Dear Sunny, The Correspondence of Nicholas II Empress Aleksandra
Far Pavilions: Siberia
Russia's Conquest of Siberia
Exile by Administrative Process
Science Everywhere
The Big Problems of Little Peoples
At the Source
A Changing Countryside
The Dacha
Work Done �Out of Respect,�
The Mushroom Hunt
Progress and Prosperity
Svetloyar: In a Wild and Holy Place
Searching for Icons
The Village of Posady
Near Pavilions: The Caucasus
The Russian Conquest of the Caucasus
Sandro of Chegem
Chechnya-A Brief Explanation
Evening Prayers
The Communist Manifesto
The Background of Revolution
Revolution and the Front
Letters from the Front
The Withering Away of the State
Voices of Revolution, 1917
Two Years among the Peasants in Tambov Province
Building a New World from Old
Make Way for Winged Eros
The Bathhouse
We: Variant of a Manifesto
The Travels of My Brother Aleksei to the Land of Peasant Utopia
Learning to Labor
Stalin's Forgotten Zion
Rising Stalinism
Lenin's �Last Testament,�
The Body and the Shrine
Soviet Literature: The Richest in Ideas
Swell the Harvest, Shock Brigade of Composers and Poets
Dizzy with Success
The War against the Peasantry, 1929-30
Collectivization 1931
Anna's Story
The Proletariat's Underground Paradise
The Great Terror
Bukharin 1936
Mass Attack on the Watershed
Memories and Biographies of the Leningrad Terror
Revelations from the Russian Archives
Labor Camp Socialism
Spies and Murderers in the Guise of Physicians and Scientists
The War Years
June 1941: The Enemy Will Be Destroyed
Magnificent Stubbornness
Wait for Me, Konstantin Simonov
Smolensk Roads, Konstantin Simonov
The Blockade Diary of A. I. Vinokurov
The Diary of a Red Army Soldier
Tragic Numbers: The Lives Taken by the War
The Paradox of Nostalgia for the Front
The Thaw
March 5th, 1953
The Secret Speech
The Defense of a Prison-Camp Official
Who Lives Better?
When Did You Open Your Eyes?
The Last Trolley
Russians Abroad, Near and Far
Russian Harbin
From Harbin, Home
On the Banks of the Seine
108th Street
Life under Advanced Socialism
Communal Living in Russia: Stories and Thoughts
Trial of a Young Poet: The Case of Joseph Brodsky
The Most Well-Read Country in the World
International Relations at the Lenin Library
Moscow Circles
The Soviet Middle Class
Anecdotes of the Times
Partisans of the Full Moon
Things Fall Apart
The Most Responsible Phase of Perestroika
Causes of the Collapse of the USSR
Our Fairy-Tale Life
Getting By
Building a New World
Burying the Bones
Pyramids and Prophets
My Precious Capital
Fade to Red?
Anecdotes about New Russians
Return to the Motherland
Suggestions for Further Reading
Acknowledgment of Copyrights and Sources
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