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The Travel Diary of Peter Tolstoi

Author : graf Petr Andreevich Tolstoĭ
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Journeys to a Graveyard

Author : Derek Offord
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Journeys to a Graveyard examines the descriptions provided by eight Russian writers of journeys made to western European countries between 1697 and 1880. The descriptions reveal the mentality and preoccupations of the Russian social and intellectual elites during this period. The travellers' perceptions of western European countries are treated here as an ambivalent response to a civilization with which Russia was belatedly coming into close contact as a result of the imperial ambition of the Russian state and the westernization of the Russian elites. The travellers perceived the most advanced European countries as superior to Russia in terms of material achievement and the maturity and refinement of their cultures, but they also promoted a view of Russia as in other respects superior to the western nations. Heavily influenced from the late eighteenth century by Romanticism and by the rise of nationalism in the west, they tended to depict European civilization as moribund. By this means they managed to define their own emergent nation in a contrastive way as having youth and promising futurity.

History of Music in Russia from Antiquity to 1800 Volume 1

Author : Nikolai Findeizen
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In its scope and command of primary sources and its generosity of scholarly inquiry, Nikolai Findeizen's monumental work, published in 1928 and 1929 in Soviet Russia, places the origins and development of music in Russia within the context of Russia's cultural and social history. Volume 2 of Findeizen's landmark study surveys music in court life during the reigns of Elizabeth I and Catherine II, music in Russian domestic and public life in the second half of the 18th century, and the variety and vitality of Russian music at the end of the 18th century.

The Revolution of Peter the Great

Author : James Cracraft
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Many books chronicle the remarkable life of Russian tsar Peter the Great, but none analyze how his famous reforms actually took root and spread in Russia. In The Revolution of Peter the Great, James Cracraft offers a brilliant new interpretation of this pivotal era. Linking together and transcending Peter's many reforms of state and society, Cracraft argues, was nothing less than a cultural revolution. New ways of dress, elite social behavior, navigation, architecture, and image-making emerged along with expansive vocabularies for labeling new objects and activities. Russians learned how to build and sail warships; train, supply, and command a modern army; operate a new-style bureaucracy; conduct diplomacy on a par with the other European states; apply modern science; and conceptualize the new governing system. Throughout, Peter remains the central figure, and Cracraft discusses the shaping events of the tsar's youth, his inner circle, the resistance his reforms engendered, and the founding of the city that would embody his vision--St. Petersburg, which celebrated its tercentenary in 2003. By century's end, Russia was poised to play a critical role in the Napoleonic wars and boasted an elite culture about to burst into its golden age. In this eloquent book, Cracraft illuminates an astonishing transformation that had enormous consequences for both Russia and Europe, indeed the world.


Author : Rosamund Bartlett
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This biography of the brilliant author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina “should become the first resort for everyone drawn to its titanic subject” (Booklist, starred review). In November 1910, Count Lev Tolstoy died at a remote Russian railway station. At the time of his death, he was the most famous man in Russia, more revered than the tsar, with a growing international following. Born into an aristocratic family, Tolstoy spent his existence rebelling against not only conventional ideas about literature and art but also traditional education, family life, organized religion, and the state. In “an epic biography that does justice to an epic figure,” Rosamund Bartlett draws extensively on key Russian sources, including fascinating material that has only become available since the collapse of the Soviet Union (Library Journal, starred review). She sheds light on Tolstoy’s remarkable journey from callow youth to writer to prophet; discusses his troubled relationship with his wife, Sonya; and vividly evokes the Russian landscapes Tolstoy so loved and the turbulent times in which he lived.

Under Eastern Eyes

Author : Wendy Bracewell
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Twelve studies explicitly developed to elaborate on travel writing published in book form by east Europeans travelling in Europe from ca. 1550 to 2000. How did east Europeans have positioned themselves with relation to the notion of Europe, and how has the genre of travel writing served as a means of exploring and disseminating these ideas? A truly comparative and collective work with a substantial introductory study, the book has taken full advantage of the interdisciplinary and comparative potential of the team of project scholars working in the different national literatures, from different disciplinary perspectives

Studies in Seventeenth Century Opera

Author : BethL. Glixon
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The past four decades have seen an explosion in research regarding seventeenth-century opera. In addition to investigations of extant scores and librettos, scholars have dealt with the associated areas of dance and scenery, as well as newer disciplines such as studies of patronage, gender, and semiotics. While most of the essays in the volume pertain to Italian opera, others concern opera production in France, England, Spain and the Germanic countries.

Musica Franca

Author : Frank A. D'Accone
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Musica Franca: Essays in Honor of Frank A. D'Accone pays tribute to one of the leading scholars of Renaissance music on the occasion of his sixty-?fifth birthday. With an introduction by Lewis Lockwood, the collection of essays is wide-?ranging, a musica franca befitting the interests of the international circles of col'leagues who contributed to this volume. Nino Pirotta opens the section on "Florentine Renaissance," followed by Bonnie J. Blackburn, Anthony M. Cummings, and Francesco Luisi. Music of the Italian Renaissance is the focus of "Archival Studies" and of "Madrigal and Carnival Song," with contributions by Tim Carter, Colleen Reardon, Arnaldo Morelli, James Haar, William F. Prizer, and Dinko Fabris. The essays on "Italian Opera" range from seventeenth ?century Venice (Irene Alm) to eighteenth? century Florence (William C. Holmes), to a comparison of Rossini and Bellini (Paolo Fabbri). Issues of "Performance Practice" in both vocal and instrumental repertoires are examined by Alyson Mdamore, Keith Polk John Walter Hill, and Don Harrán. In "Manuscript Studies," Fabio Carboni Agostino Zino, Jean? Michel Vaccaro, and Richard Charteris analyze primary sources from the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries. Finally, Daniel Heartz, H. Colin Slim, and Owen Jander explore the relationship between "Music and Image" in sixteenth-century France, seventeenth? century Italy, and Beethoven's Vienna. This impressive collection of essays is a fitting celebration for a noted scholar.

A Russian Merchant s Tale

Author : David L. Ransel
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The daily lives of an 18th-century Russian merchant family

The Founding of Russia s Navy

Author : Edward J. Phillips
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This study analyzes the origins and evolution of Peter the Great's navy.