The Russia Reader

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  • Copyright: 2010-06-21
  • Publisher: Duke Univ Pr

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Letters recording the reactions of ordinary Russians to the Revolution as events unfolded in 1917, an account of the day-to-day scramble to make a living after the end of the Soviet Union, 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 worldrs"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 book 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, and thirty are translated into English for the first time.Illustrated with maps, paintings, photographs, posters, and cartoons,The Russia Readerincorporates song lyrics, jokes, anecdotes, and folktales, as well as poems, essays, and fiction by writers including Akhmatova, Dostoyevsky, Pushkin, and Tolstoi. 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 emissaryrs"s description of his encounters in Kyivan Rusrs", to a scientistrs"s recollections of her life in a new research city built from scratch in Siberia during the 1950s, to a novelistrs"s depiction of the decadence of the "New Russians" in the 2000s,The Russia Readeris an extraordinary introduction to a vast and varied country.

Author Biography

Adele Barker is professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Arizona. Bruce Grant is Associate Professor of Anthropology at New York University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
General Introductionp. 1
Icons and Archetypes
The Scythiansp. 13
On Russian Distinctiveness and Universalityp. 16
To Russia (March 1854)p. 20
Moscow and Petersburg: 1842p. 22
˘Great Russians÷ and ˘Little Russians,÷p. 31
Bathing the Russian Way, From Folklore to the Songs of Vladimir Vysotskiip. 40
A Cosmopolitan Projectp. 47
From Kyiv through Muscovy
The Igor Talep. 61
The Russian Primary Chroniclep. 66
Slavic Byzantiump. 70
Russia through Arabian Eyesp. 75
Rules for Russian Householdsp. 80
My Early Lifep. 85
Reform to Revolution
The Bronze Horsemanp. 97
Peter's Social Reformsp. 101
Love and Conquest, The Correspondence of Catherine II and Grigory Potemkinp. 110
The War of 1812p. 115
Description of the Clergy in Rural Russiap. 120
Emancipating the Serfsp. 125
Classic Russian Cookingp. 128
The Challenged Gentryp. 134
Dear Nicky, Dear Sunny, The Correspondence of Nicholas II Empress Aleksandrap. 140
Far Pavilions: Siberia
Russia's Conquest of Siberiap. 151
Sibiriaksp. 158
Exile by Administrative Processp. 162
Science Everywherep. 168
The Big Problems of Little Peoplesp. 174
At the Sourcep. 186
A Changing Countryside
The Dachap. 201
Work Done ˘Out of Respect,÷p. 207
The Mushroom Huntp. 213
Progress and Prosperityp. 218
Svetloyar: In a Wild and Holy Placep. 222
Searching for Iconsp. 237
The Village of Posadyp. 243
Near Pavilions: The Caucasus
The Russian Conquest of the Caucasusp. 257
Mtsyrip. 263
Sandro of Chegemp. 270
Chechnya-A Brief Explanationp. 281
Evening Prayersp. 293
The Communist Manifestop. 305
The Background of Revolutionp. 310
Revolution and the Frontp. 319
Letters from the Frontp. 326
The Withering Away of the Statep. 331
Voices of Revolution, 1917p. 336
Gedalip. 339
Two Years among the Peasants in Tambov Provincep. 343
Building a New World from Old
Make Way for Winged Erosp. 351
The Bathhousep. 362
We: Variant of a Manifestop. 365
The Travels of My Brother Aleksei to the Land of Peasant Utopiap. 370
Learning to Laborp. 378
Stalin's Forgotten Zionp. 388
Rising Stalinism
Lenin's ˘Last Testament,÷p. 401
The Body and the Shrinep. 405
Soviet Literature: The Richest in Ideasp. 413
Swell the Harvest, Shock Brigade of Composers and Poetsp. 417
Dizzy with Successp. 419
The War against the Peasantry, 1929-30p. 422
Collectivization 1931p. 426
Anna's Storyp. 431
The Proletariat's Underground Paradisep. 436
The Great Terror
Bukharin 1936p. 447
Mass Attack on the Watershedp. 453
Requiemp. 456
Memories and Biographies of the Leningrad Terrorp. 465
Revelations from the Russian Archivesp. 471
Labor Camp Socialismp. 475
Spies and Murderers in the Guise of Physicians and Scientistsp. 483
The War Years
June 1941: The Enemy Will Be Destroyedp. 493
Magnificent Stubbornnessp. 497
Wait for Me, Konstantin Simonovp. 508
Smolensk Roads, Konstantin Simonovp. 510
The Blockade Diary of A. I. Vinokurovp. 513
The Diary of a Red Army Soldierp. 518
Tragic Numbers: The Lives Taken by the Warp. 520
The Paradox of Nostalgia for the Frontp. 523
The Thaw
March 5th, 1953p. 537
The Secret Speechp. 540
The Defense of a Prison-Camp Officialp. 545
Who Lives Better?p. 551
When Did You Open Your Eyes?p. 559
The Last Trolleyp. 567
Russians Abroad, Near and Far
Russian Harbinp. 573
Chinap. 586
From Harbin, Homep. 588
On the Banks of the Seinep. 593
108th Streetp. 599
Life under Advanced Socialism
Communal Living in Russia: Stories and Thoughtsp. 615
Trial of a Young Poet: The Case of Joseph Brodskyp. 621
The Most Well-Read Country in the Worldp. 627
International Relations at the Lenin Libraryp. 633
Moscow Circlesp. 639
The Soviet Middle Classp. 650
Anecdotes of the Timesp. 658
Partisans of the Full Moonp. 661
Things Fall Apart
The Most Responsible Phase of Perestroikap. 667
Causes of the Collapse of the USSRp. 673
Our Fairy-Tale Lifep. 684
Getting Byp. 692
Building a New World
Burying the Bonesp. 701
Pyramids and Prophetsp. 706
My Precious Capitalp. 714
Fade to Red?p. 721
Casualp. 729
Anecdotes about New Russiansp. 734
Return to the Motherlandp. 735
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 743
Acknowledgment of Copyrights and Sourcesp. 753
Indexp. 765
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