This volume introduces readers to an age-old question that has perplexed both Russians and Westerners. Is Russia the eastern flank of Europe? Or is it really the heartland of another civilization? In exploring this question, the authors present a sweeping survey of cultural, religious, political, and economic developments in Russia, especially over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Based on the inter-disciplinary Russian studies program at Dickinson College, this splendid collection will complement many curricula. The text features highlight boxes and selected illustrations. Each chapter ends with a glossary, study questions, and a reading list.
List of Illustrations; Introduction, Russell Bova; I. Historical and Cultural Foundations; 1. The Russian Idea and the West, Philip T. Grier; 2. Russian Orthodoxy and Western Christianity: Confrontation and Accommodation, Theodore Pulcini; 3. The Russian Revolutions: The Impact and Limitations of Western Influence, Karl D. Qualls; II. Literature and the Arts: Russia and the European Tradition; 4. Russian Writing/Writing Russia, Robert Bird; 5. Russian Art in Search of Identity, Elena Duzs; 6. An Introduction to Russian Music, Truman Bullard; III. Perspectives on the Future: Convergence or Divergence?; 7. Democracy and Russian Political Culture, Russell Bova; 8. Russian Business: The Warp and Weave of Its History, Michael S. Poulton; 9. Youth and Popular Culture: The Common Denominator? Hilary Pilkington