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The Idea of Russia

The Idea of Russia

The Life and Work of Dmitry Likhachev

  • Author: Vladislav Zubok
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • ISBN: 1786720531
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 240
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Dmitry Likhachev (1906-1999) was one of the most prominent Russian intellectuals of the twentieth century. His life spanned virtually the entire century – a tumultuous period which saw Russia move from Tsarist rule under Nicholas II via the Russian Revolution and Civil War into seven decades of communism followed by Gorbachev’s Perestroika and the rise of Putin. In 1928, shortly after completing his university education, Likhachev was arrested, charged with counter-revolutionary ideas and imprisoned in the Gulag, where he spent the next five years. Returning to a career in academia, specialising in Old Russian literature, Likhachev played a crucial role in the cultural life of twentieth-century Russia, campaigning for the protection of important cultural sites and historic monuments. He also founded museums dedicated to great Russian writers including Dostoevsky, Pushkin and Pasternak. In this, the first biography of Likhachev to appear in English, Vladislav Zubok provides a thoroughly-researched account of one of Russia’s most extraordinary and influential public figures.

Russia and the Idea of Europe

Russia and the Idea of Europe

A Study in Identity and International Relations

  • Author: Iver B. Neumann
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134824076
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 272
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The end of the Soviet system and the transition to the market in Russia, coupled with the inexorable rise of nationalism, has brought to the fore the centuries-old debate about Russia's relationship with Europe. In Russia and the Idea of Europe Iver Neumann discusses whether the tensions between self-referencing romantic nationalist views and Europe-orientated liberal views can ever be resolved. Drawing on a wide range of Russian sources, Neumann outlines the argument as it has unfolded over the last two hundred years, showing how Russia is caught between the attraction of an economically, politically and socially more developed Europe, and the attraction of being able to play a European -style inperial role in less-developed Asia. Neumann argues that the process of delineating a European "other" from the Russian self is an active form of Russian identity formation. The Russian debate about Europe is also a debate about what Rusia is and should be.

Russia and the Idea of the West

Russia and the Idea of the West

Gorbachev, Intellectuals, and the End of the Cold War

  • Author: Robert English,Robert D. English
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 9780231110594
  • Category: History
  • Page: 401
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In most analyses of the Cold War's end the ideological aspects of Gorbachev's "new thinking" are treated largely as incidental to the broader considerations of power. English demonstrates that Gorbachev's foreign policy was the result of an intellectual revolution. He analyzes the rise of a liberal policy-academic elite and its impact on the Cold War's end.

The Concept of Russia

The Concept of Russia

Patterns for Political Development in the Russian Federation

  • Author: Katlijn Malfliet,Francisca Scharpé
  • Publisher: Leuven University Press
  • ISBN: 9789058673459
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 113
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"This book is a collection of the contributions to the lecture series 'The Concept of Russia: Patterns for Political Development in the Russian Federation', which was organized in the spring of 2003 by the Chair Interbrew-Baillet Latour at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K. U. Leuven). Throughout this series of lectures, the Chair sought to study the quest for Russian identity, approaching this multi-layered and diffuse problem from a historical, political, cultural and economic perspective."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

History in a Grotesque Key

History in a Grotesque Key

Russian Literature and the Idea of Revolution

  • Author: Kevin M. F. Platt
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 0804728348
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 293
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This book examines Russian literary works—some canonical but most obscure—since the time of Peter the Great that bring the lens of the grotesque to bear on the theory and practice of revolutionary social transformation in Russia.

The Origin of Russian Communism

The Origin of Russian Communism

  • Author: Николай Бердяев
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • ISBN: 9780472060344
  • Category: History
  • Page: 191
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Examines the forces of national history and character that shaped Soviet communism

Beyond the Limits

Beyond the Limits

The Concept of Space in Russian History and Culture

  • Author: Jeremy Smith
  • Publisher: Finnish Literature Society
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 276
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From the conquests of Ivan the Terrible to the adventures of Sputnik and Gagarin, Space has been of central importance to Russian rulers, intellectuals and citizens alike. Russia's physical location and sheer size have contributed immeasurably to her unique history and national character. The state's need to control physical space has spilled over into the personal sphere, leading to peculiar approaches to the organization of work and domestic living space and a blurring of the distinctions between public and private space. Although Russian intellectuals have always recognized the centrality of Space to the Russian experience, until recently the concept of Space has received little attention in academic studies of Russia. This volume highlights and explores the relevance of Space to our understanding of Russia from a variety of different perspectives, historical, philosophical, cultural and sociological.

Der Weg in die Unfreiheit

Der Weg in die Unfreiheit

Russland - Europa - Amerika

  • Author: Timothy Snyder
  • Publisher: C.H.Beck
  • ISBN: 3406725023
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 376
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Gleichheit oder Oligarchie, Individualismus oder Unfreiheit, Wahrheit oder Fake News – die Welt, wie wir sie kannten, steht am Scheideweg. Viel hat der Westen selbst dazu beigetragen. Aber er hat auch mächtige Feinde, die seine Institutionen mit allen Mitteln – von der Finanzierung des Rechtspopulismus in Europa bis zum Cyberwar – untergraben wollen. Wer diese Gegner sind, wie sie vorgehen und wie bedrohlich die Lage ist, das beschreibt das aufsehenerregende neue Buch von Tim Snyder. Mit dem Ende des Kalten Krieges hatten die liberalen Demokratien des Westens gesiegt. Von nun an würde die Menschheit eine friedvolle, globalisierte Zukunft erwarten. Doch das war ein Irrtum. Seit Putin seine Macht in Russland etabliert hat, rollt eine Welle des Autoritarismus von Osten nach Westen, die Europ... a erfasst hat und mit Donald Trump auch im Weißen Haus angekommen ist. Tim Snyder, Autor des Weltbestsellers «Über Tyrannei», beschreibt in seinem Buch den Aufstieg dieser neuen «rechten Internationalen», schildert ihre bedrohlichen Ziele und zeigt, wie sehr die Grundlagen unserer Demokratie in Gefahr sind.

How St. Petersburg Learned to Study Itself

How St. Petersburg Learned to Study Itself

The Russian Idea of Kraevedenie

  • Author: Emily D. Johnson
  • Publisher: Penn State Press
  • ISBN: 0271030372
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 320
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In the bookshops of present-day St. Petersburg, guidebooks abound. Both modern descriptions of Russia’s old imperial capital and lavish new editions of pre-Revolutionary texts sell well, primarily attracting an audience of local residents. Why do Russians read one- and two-hundred-year-old guidebooks to a city they already know well? In How St. Petersburg Learned to Study Itself, Emily Johnson traces the Russian fascination with local guides to the idea of kraevedenie. Kraevedenie (local studies) is a disciplinary tradition that in Russia dates back to the early twentieth century. Practitioners of kraevedenie investigate local areas, study the ways human society and the environment affect each other, and decipher the semiotics of space. They deconstruct urban myths, analyze the conventions governing the depiction of specific regions and towns in works of art and literature, and dissect both outsider and insider perceptions of local population groups. Practitioners of kraevedenie helped develop and popularize the Russian guidebook as a literary form. Johnson traces the history of kraevedenie, showing how St. Petersburg–based scholars and institutions have played a central role in the evolution of the discipline. Distinguished from obvious Western equivalents such as cultural geography and the German Heimatkunde by both its dramatic history and unique social significance, kraevedenie has, for close to a hundred years, served as a key forum for expressing concepts of regional and national identity within Russian culture. How St. Petersburg Learned to Study Itself is published in collaboration with the Harriman Institute at Columbia University as part of its Studies of the Harriman Institute series.

Russian Nationalism and the National Reassertion of Russia

Russian Nationalism and the National Reassertion of Russia

  • Author: Marlene Laruelle
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134013620
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 304
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Military action in South Ossetia, growing tensions with the United States and NATO, and Russia's relationship with the European Union demonstrate how the issue of Russian nationalism is increasingly at the heart of the international political agenda.This book considers a wide range of aspects of Russian nationalism, focussing on the Putin period. It discusses the development of Russian nationalism, including in the Soviet era, and examines how Russian nationalism grows out of – or is related to – ideology, culture, racism, religion and intellectual thinking, and demonstrates how Russian nationalism affects many aspects of Russian society, politics and foreign policy. This book examines the different socio-political phenomena which are variously defined as ‘nationalism’, ‘patriotism’ and ‘xenophobia’. As Russia reasserts itself in the world, with Russian nationalism as one of the key driving forces in this process, an understanding of Russian nationalism is essential for understanding the dynamics of contemporary international relations.

Ein Gentleman in Moskau

Ein Gentleman in Moskau

Roman

  • Author: Amor Towles
  • Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage
  • ISBN: 3843716196
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 560
  • View: 2001
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Moskau, 1922. Der genussfreudige Lebemann Graf Rostov wird verhaftet und zu lebenslangem Hausarrest verurteilt, ausgerechnet im Hotel Metropol, dem ersten Haus am Platz. Er muss alle bisher genossenen Privilegien aufgeben und eine Arbeit als Hilfskellner annehmen. Rostov mit seinen 30 Jahren ist ein äußerst liebenswürdiger, immer optimistischer Gentleman. Trotz seiner eingeschränkten Umstände lebt er ganz seine Überzeugung, dass selbst kleine gute Taten einer chaotischen Welt Sinn verleihen. Aber ihm bleibt nur der Blick aus dem Fenster, während draußen Russland stürmische Dekaden durchlebt. Seine Stunde kommt, als eine alte Freundin ihm ihre kleine Tochter anvertraut. Das Kind ändert Rostovs Leben von Grund auf. Für das Mädchen und sein Leben wächst der Graf über sich hinaus. "Towles ist ein Meistererzähler" New York Times Book Review "Eine charmante Erinnerung an die Bedeutung von gutem Stil" Washington Post "Elegant, dabei gleichzeitig filigran und üppig wie ein Schmuckei von Fabergé" O, the Oprah Magazine

The Emergence of Russian Liberalism

The Emergence of Russian Liberalism

Alexander Kunitsyn in Context, 1783-1840

  • Author: J. Berest
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 0230118925
  • Category: History
  • Page: 271
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A fresh perspective on the history of Russian liberalism through the life and work of Alexander Kunitsyn, a teacher and philosopher of natural law, whose academic and journalistic writings contributed to the dissemination of Western liberal thought among the Russian public.

The Extreme Nationalist Threat in Russia

The Extreme Nationalist Threat in Russia

The Growing Influence of Western Rightist Ideas

  • Author: Thomas Parland
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134296770
  • Category: History
  • Page: 256
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This book examines the nature of the extreme right in contemporary Russia, arguing in particular that, alongside a continuing tradition which emphasizes Russia's orthodox and traditional past, an increasingly important intellectual current is drawing on Western European neo-fascist ideas and adapting them to the Russian situation. This book examines this intellectual current within the context of increasing conservatism across Russia as a whole, showing how the new ideas have an impact right across the political spectrum, and assessing the threat posed by them and their proponents.

Russia on Reels

Russia on Reels

The Russian Idea in Post-Soviet Cinema

  • Author: Birgit Beumers
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • ISBN: 9781860643897
  • Category: History
  • Page: 219
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This is the first book to deal exclusively with Russian cinema of the 1990s. It introduces readers to the currents and common interests of contemporary Russian cinema, offers close studies of the work of filmmakers like Sokurov, Muratova and Astrakhan, reviews the Russian film industry in a period of massive economic transformation, and assesses cinema's function as a definer of Russia's new identity.

Putin And The Rise Of Russia

Putin And The Rise Of Russia

  • Author: Michael Stuermer
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0297856839
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 272
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A brilliant analysis of Putin and the key role a resurgent Russia has to play in world affairs. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the world was left wondering about its destiny. Russia is still an enormous power with a population exceeding 140 million, immense military resources and giant energy reserves - in short, a vast land full of promise and opportunity. Russia has the potential to be a force of stability or a force of turmoil, but when it comes to global affairs, can she be persuaded to join the world order? Will yesterday's revolutionary power become tomorrow's stabilizer? Professor Stuermer's authoritative and timely account considers a Russia going through a defining phase after the departure of Vladimir Putin. History is on the move: we face an open and challenging future in which Russia, for better or for worse, will play a key role.

The European Idea in History in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

The European Idea in History in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

A View From Moscow

  • Author: Alexander Tchoubarian
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1135234019
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 204
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First Published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Spiritual Origins of Eastern Europe and the Future Mysteries of the Holy Grail

The Spiritual Origins of Eastern Europe and the Future Mysteries of the Holy Grail

  • Author: Sergei O. Prokofieff
  • Publisher: Temple Lodge Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780904693553
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 551
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"And however paradoxical it may seem today, the 'Grail mood' is in the fullest sense to be found in Russia. And the future role that Russia will play in the sixth post-Atlantean epoch, a task of which I have so often had to speak, rests firmly upon this unconquerable 'Grail mood' in the Russian people." --Rudolf Steiner (Nov. 3, 1918) Although Eastern Europe has been part of Christian humanity for more than a thousand years, its task and spiritual identity remain a mystery, the answer to which cannot be found unless we look behind outer historical events to the spiritual, meta-historical dimensions of history. This momentous work, breathtaking in its scope and detail, represents just such a penetrating, esoteric study of Eastern Europe in the light of Rudolf Steiner's spiritual research. Prokofieff shows how, from the earliest times, the future "conscience of humanity" flowed from hidden mystery centers in Hibernia to the eastern Slavic peoples. As a result, qualities of "compassion, patience, and willingness for sacrifice" developed in their souls, creating a truly Christian "Grail mood." Despite incalculable suffering--from the persecutions by the Mogul hordes of the thirteenth century to the Bolshevik experiment of the twentieth century--this quality has become an unconquerable force in the depths of their being. In illuminating the maya of outer history, Prokofieff reveals the forces that have been at work to hinder the progress and future intentions of humankind. Those adversarial forces have created a "karma of materialism" that the eastern Slavic peoples have taken upon themselves out of their exalted willingness for sacrifice. Will we be able to use the present opportunity granted by this sacrifice to fulfill the primary purposes of the present cultural epoch? Serious study of this book--intended for students of spiritual science--can lead to a profound awakening to the challenges that face humankind today.

Natasha's Dance

Natasha's Dance

A Cultural History of Russia

  • Author: Orlando Figes
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books
  • ISBN: 1466862890
  • Category: History
  • Page: 544
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History on a grand scale--an enchanting masterpiece that explores the making of one of the world's most vibrant civilizations A People's Tragedy, wrote Eric Hobsbawm, did "more to help us understand the Russian Revolution than any other book I know." Now, in Natasha's Dance, internationally renowned historian Orlando Figes does the same for Russian culture, summoning the myriad elements that formed a nation and held it together. Beginning in the eighteenth century with the building of St. Petersburg--a "window on the West"--and culminating with the challenges posed to Russian identity by the Soviet regime, Figes examines how writers, artists, and musicians grappled with the idea of Russia itself--its character, spiritual essence, and destiny. He skillfully interweaves the great works--by Dostoevsky, Stravinsky, and Chagall--with folk embroidery, peasant songs, religious icons, and all the customs of daily life, from food and drink to bathing habits to beliefs about the spirit world. Figes's characters range high and low: the revered Tolstoy, who left his deathbed to search for the Kingdom of God, as well as the serf girl Praskovya, who became Russian opera's first superstar and shocked society by becoming her owner's wife. Like the European-schooled countess Natasha performing an impromptu folk dance in Tolstoy's War and Peace, the spirit of "Russianness" is revealed by Figes as rich and uplifting, complex and contradictory--a powerful force that unified a vast country and proved more lasting than any Russian ruler or state.

Was ist Philosophie?

Was ist Philosophie?

  • Author: Giorgio Agamben
  • Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
  • ISBN: 3104902852
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 192
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Der international bekannte Philosoph Giorgio Agamben beantwortet die Grundfrage der Philosophie Die Frage »Was ist Philosophie?« kann man erst spät stellen und nur mit Freunden erörtern. Giorgio Agamben umkreist sie daher in seinem Buch mit fünf emblematischen Essays zur Stimme, zum Sagbaren, zum Erfordernis, zum Proömium und zur Muse. Er verbindet archäologische Untersuchung und theoretische Reflexion und geht Fragen nach, wie das Konzept Sprache erfunden wurde, welchen Ort das Denken in der Stimme hat, was unter einer platonischen Idee zu verstehen ist und wie man das Verhältnis von Philosophie und (Natur-)Wissenschaft bestimmen muss. Am Ende wird das philosophische Schreiben – ein Problem, mit dem sich Agamben unausgesetzt beschäftigt hat – zum Präludium eines Werks, das ungeschrieben bleiben muss.