This, the only comprehensive and thorough history of Russian culture in any language, is a publication of unique importance at this time. Endowed with scholarly authority, it traces in broad outline the long rich story of the development of religion, literature, and the arts from their earliest manifestations to modern times.
1948 | 528 pages | Cloth $79.95
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Table of Contents
Religion and the Church
Assimilation of Christianity in Russia, emancipation of the Church from Constantinople, nationalization of the Established Church, its vital role in Russia's spiritual life, growth of sectarianism, conflict with Soviet State, contrast with Christianity in the West, character of the Russian people.
Beginnings of Russian literature, escape of Russian writers from foreign influence after Pushkin, great figures of Russia's literary golden age, survey of literature under Soviet regime.
Early development of Russian architecture, "bulb" roofs of wooden churches, imitation of foreign styles in buildings of Peter the Great and Catharine, modern Russian architects.
Unique art of ikon painting, eclipsed by foreign influences, return to native themes in nineteenth century, analysis of Soviet art.
History of Russian music, background of folk song, church music, early operas, composers of recent times and new Soviet musicians, Diogilev's ballet, Russian art and Western audiences.