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Journeys to a Graveyard

Perceptions of Europe in Classical Russian Travel Writing
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées, Band 192

von: Derek Offord

118,99 €

Verlag: Springer
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 01.07.2006
ISBN/EAN: 9781402039096
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 287

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Journeys to a Graveyard examines the descriptions provided by eight Russian writers of journeys made to western European countries between 1697 and 1880. The descriptions reveal the mentality and preoccupations of the Russian social and intellectual elites during this period. The travellers' perceptions of western European countries are treated here as an ambivalent response to a civilization with which Russia was belatedly coming into close contact as a result of the imperial ambition of the Russian state and the westernization of the Russian elites. The travellers perceived the most advanced European countries as superior to Russia in terms of material achievement and the maturity and refinement of their cultures, but they also promoted a view of Russia as in other respects superior to the western nations. Heavily influenced from the late eighteenth century by Romanticism and by the rise of nationalism in the west, they tended to depict European civilization as moribund. By this means they managed to define their own emergent nation in a contrastive way as having youth and promising futurity.
Journeys to a Graveyard examines the descriptions provided by eight Russian writers of journeys made to western European countries between 1697 and 1880. The descriptions reveal the mentality and preoccupations of the Russian social and intellectual elites during this period. The travellers' perceptions of western European countries are treated here as an ambivalent response to a civilization with which Russia was belatedly coming into close contact as a result of the imperial ambition of the Russian state and the westernization of the Russian elites. The travellers perceived the most advanced European countries as superior to Russia in terms of material achievement and the maturity and refinement of their cultures, but they also promoted a view of Russia as in other respects superior to the western nations. Heavily influenced from the late eighteenth century by Romanticism and by the rise of nationalism in the west, they tended to depict European civilization as moribund. By this means they managed to define their own emergent nation in a contrastive way as having youth and promising futurity.
Acknowledgements.- Note on dates, transliteration, names, references and translation.- Foreword.- Introduction.- Piotr Tolstoi: a travel diary.- Fonvizin: letters from foreign journeys.- Karamzin: The Letters of a Russian Traveller.- Pogodin: A Year in Foreign Lands.- Botkin: Letters on Spain.- Herzen: Letters from France and Italy.- Dostoevskii: Winter Notes on Summer Impressions.- Saltykov-Shchedrin: Across the Border.- Conclusion.- Bibliography.- Index of names and subjects.- Index of place-names.
Journeys to a Graveyard examines the descriptions provided by eight Russian writers of journeys made to western European countries between 1697 and 1880. The descriptions reveal the mentality and preoccupations of the Russian social and intellectual elites during this period. The travellers' perceptions of western European countries are treated here as an ambivalent response to a civilization with which Russia was belatedly coming into close contact as a result of the imperial ambition of the Russian state and the westernization of the Russian elites. The travellers perceived the most advanced European countries as superior to Russia in terms of material achievement and the maturity and refinement of their cultures, but they also promoted a view of Russia as in other respects superior to the western nations. Heavily influenced from the late eighteenth century by Romanticism and by the rise of nationalism in the west, they tended to depict European civilization as moribund. By this means they managed to define their own emergent nation in a contrastive way as having youth and promising futurity.
Explores a key subject in Russian thought (the relationship of Russia to the west) in a fresh way
Examines the formation of Russian national identity from the early-modern age to the late tsarist period

Uses texts which are little known or have barely been used before for this purpose

Places the works examined in a rich historical and cultural context, both broadly European and specifically Russian

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