Russia Abroad: A Cultural History of the Russian Emigration, 1919-1939

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Oxford University Press, 1990 - Всего страниц: 239
The dramatic events of the twentieth century have often led to the mass migration of intellectuals, professionals, writers, and artists. One of the first of these migrations occurred in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, when more than a million Russians were forced into exile. With this book, Marc Raeff, one of the world's leading historians of Russia, offers the first comprehensive cultural history of the "Great Russian Emigration." He examines the social and institutional structure of the emigration and describes its rich cultural and intellectual life. He points out that what distinguishes this emigration from other such episodes in European history is the extent to which the emigres succeeded in reconstituting and preserving their cultural creativity in the West. The flourishing Russian communities of Paris, Berlin, Prague and Kharbin not only enriched Russian arts and letters, but also significantly influenced the culture of their Western hosts, and Raeff concludes with an assessment of their impact on the development of modern Western and Soviet culture.


The Uprooted
Education in Exile
Publishing in Alien Lands
What Is Russian Culture?
Church and Religion in the Diaspora
Historians and History in Russia Abroad
By the Waters of Babylon
Name Index
Subject Index
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Russian historian Marc Raeff was born in Moscow on July 28, 1923. He moved to the United States with his family and briefly attended City College of New York before being drafted into the Army during World War II. He spent the war years as an interpreter in prisoner-of-war camps. He received a Ph.D from Harvard University in 1950. He taught at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts from 1949 to 1961 and at Columbia University from 1961 to 1988. He was one of the country's leading scholars of Russian history specializing in imperial Russia. His wrote numerous books including Origins of the Russian Intelligentsia, Understanding Imperial Russia, and Russia Abroad: A Cultural History of Russian Emigration, 1919 - 1939. He died from Lou Gehrig's disease on September 20, 2008 at the age of 85.

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