Large chunks are given over to religious history, which you would never know from reading the back of the book. Why Dostoyevsky, Gogol, Pushkin, Lermontov, and the rest of the Russian pantheon of writers, musicians, and artists think, wrote, composed, chiseled and painted the way they did. He retired as Librarian on September 30, 2015. I also learned a lot about the various Tsars and their various reformist This was a doozy. He was nominated by President Ronald Reagan and his appointment was unanimously confirmed by the Senate.
Behind his study is the awareness of three elements in the Russian experience-- the natural surroundings, the Christian heritage, contacts with the West. The saints were living icons. Hamlet is one of the most popular plays in Russia. A chronology of Russian leaders and tsars should have been included, up front with the map. Protsai; introduction by Dmitry S.
It was limited by the amount of mental energy it took to read and digest the information in each chapter. I have read many books about Russian architecture, art, tsars, imperial costume and jewelry, and have lots of books of photos of the tsars, Russian houses, churches, Faberge, etc. It was upsetting to a monarch whose power had not had his power checked like those of the Western monarchs. The dome in a very real sense symbolizes heaven, or rather heaven on earth. Eerdmans, in cooperation with the Rockford Institute Center on Religion and Society, 1986, pp. Prince Vladimir sought to recreate Kiev after Constantinople.
Why Dostoyevsky, Gogol, Pushkin, Lermontov, and the rest of the Russian pantheon of writers, musicians, and artists think, wrote, composed, chiseled and painted the way they did. During the sophomore year I took Greg Guroff's year-long, eight-semester-hour credit Russian History course. The book itself is pretty and has a pleasant weight in one's hand. In fiscal year 2013 the Library's website recorded 84 million visits and 519 million page views. Billington showcased how the icon was wielded militantly while the axe was used delicately. It is a good reference book if you use the index and find exactly the leader, tsar, composer or artist that you want.
The book doesn't really pick up for me until around the mid-19th century, which is about halfway into the book. Here, Billington discusses the concept of irony and absurdity, traces the role of Russian history from the time of the tsars to the post-Stalinist era, and discusses Russia in a post-Stalinist world. When things could not get any worse, the Second World War came. Jackson and World Affairs: Selected Speeches, 1953-1983, edited by Dorothy Fosdick. It was the lives of the saints. The Russians lost a war to Japan and the First World War at the beginning of the 20th century.
General use wear, surface and edges rubbed with some creasing. The authior's hopeful musings about what seeds might be growing inRussia In the sixties are especially intriguing. The one exception to this was the visit of Dr. Billington was the most senior U. What gave him the right to rule the country at his whim? During the sophomore year I took Greg Guroff's year-long, eight-semester-hour credit Russian History course. .
Text is lightly age-tanned, but unmarked. Large chunks are given over to religious history, which you would never know from reading the back of the book. This will help you retain the information and you can refer back to these notes while reading future chapters. All extremely useful to the person trying to better understand Russia, Russians, or their cultural heritage which in modern times can lead one to understand why the current ruling power acts the way they do. Delivery by Books Land was prompt, and both icon and axe arrived carefully wrapped and in great shape.
Unsurprisingly, he went on later to work for the State Department. And it was Holy Russia that opened its arms to its Greek brothers fleeing the Turkish hordes. And 2nd, because it is from the 60s, most of the Stalin-era info has been improved upon with newly released archives. I got a better understanding of this struggle from this book. What is especially impressive is that in this book, which was published in 1966--25 years before the collapse of the Soviet Union--Billington makes a persuasive case that the Communists will eventually lose their grip and fall from power because of deep-seated internal historical and cultural forces that have characterized Russia's development from its earliest days. They like unifying theories of history which bring meaning to their suffering and a direction for the future.
At the tim I entered Grinnell College with the intention of becoming a professor of history like one of those fine individuals, two of whom had gone to the same college, who taught the subject at my high school. There are an astonishing 160 pages of endnotes; Billington did an impressive amount of research. Army and the Office of National Estimates, he taught history at from 1957 to 1962 and subsequently at , where he was a professor of history from 1964 to 1974. Petersburg in Photographs, 1890-1914, by Mikhail P. Russia Transformed: Breakthrough to Hope, Moscow, August 1991 First ed.