Catherine the Great: Love, Sex, and Power by Virginia Rounding

By Virginia Rounding

From the acclaimed writer of Grandes Horizontales comes a ebook that the Washington Post calls "a brilliant portrait of a sensual and highbrow woman."

Dutiful daughter, passionate lover, doting grandmother, tireless legislator, beneficiant shopper of artists and philosophers---Empress Catherine II used to be some of these issues, and extra. Her reign, the longest in Russian imperial background, lasted from 1762 until eventually her loss of life in 1796; in the course of those years she discovered Peter the Great's ambition to set up Russia as an incredible eu energy and to rework its new capital, St. Petersburg, right into a urban to rival Paris and London.

Yet Catherine was once no longer Russian by means of delivery and had no valid declare to the Russian throne; she seized it and hung on to it, via wars, rebellions, and plagues, via the strength of her character and an unshakable trust in her personal future. utilizing Catherine's personal correspondence, in addition to modern debts by way of courtiers, ambassadors, and international viewers, Virginia Rounding penetrates the nature of this strong, interesting, and strangely sympathetic eighteenth-century figure.

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Visions of a New Land: Soviet Film from the Revolution to by Emma Widdis

By Emma Widdis

In 1917 the Bolsheviks proclaimed an international remade. the duty of the recent regime, and of the media that served it, used to be to reshape the previous global in innovative shape, to rework the big, "ungraspable" area of the Russian Empire into the mapped territory of the Soviet Union. This booklet exhibits how Soviet cinema inspired well known help for kingdom projects within the years among the revolution and the second one international battle, assisting to create a brand new Russian identification and territory—an "imaginary geography" of Sovietness.

Drawing on an enormous variety of little-known texts, Emma Widdis bargains a distinct cultural historical past of the early Soviet interval. specifically, she indicates how movies projected the hot Soviet map onto the good shared monitor of the preferred imagination.

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Say It Right in Russian: The Fastest Way to Correct by Clyde Peters

By Clyde Peters

In response to the innovative simply said Language platforms strategy, Say It correct in Russian makes studying right Russian pronunciation easy. With Say It correct you'll find out how to use hundreds and hundreds of Russian phrases and words in daily conversation.

This extraordinary consultant provides easy-to-read vowel symbols that, whilst mixed with consonants, make pronunciation effortless. With Say It correct in Russian you will:

Learn greater than 500 crucial Russian phrases and phrases
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Get a brief connection with greater than 500 note pronunciations within the Say It correct go back and forth dictionary

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Russian Grenadiers and Infantry 1799–1815 (Warrior) by Laurence Spring

By Laurence Spring

This identify presents a finished and shiny account of existence within the Russian infantry on the flip of the nineteenth century - a time whilst the Russian military used to be arguably probably the most vital on the planet. even if hopelessly superseded on the outbreak of the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815), the military underwent radical alterations and modernisation after Czar Paul I's homicide. This booklet info recruitment and coaching methods, strategies and kit, and way of life either at domestic and on crusade. The studies of the common soldier are tested, and a number of other mostly held assumptions relating to his personality and motivation are reassessed.

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Letters from Russia by Astolphe De Custine

By Astolphe De Custine

The Marquis de Custine's list of his journey to Russia in 1839 is a brilliantly perceptive, even prophetic, account of 1 of the world's so much interesting and stricken nations. it's also an excellent piece of go back and forth writing. Custine, who met with humans in all walks of existence, together with the Czar himself, deals vibrant descriptions of St. Petersburg and Moscow, of existence at courtroom and in the street, and of the impoverished Russian geographical region. yet including a wealth of sharply delineated incident and element, Custine's nice paintings additionally provides an indelible picture--roundly denounced via either Czarist and Communist regimes--of a rustic overwhelmed through despotism and "intoxicated with slavery."

Letters from Russia, the following released in a brand new variation ready through Anka Muhlstein, the writer of the Goncourt Prize-winning biography of Custine, stands with Tocqueville's Democracy in the United States as a profound and passionate stumble upon with ancient forces which are nonetheless a great deal at paintings on the planet at the present time.

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Medvedev's Plan: Giving Russia A Voice But Not A Veto In A by Richard J. Krickus

By Richard J. Krickus

The writer addresses the query of the way to provide Russia a voice yet now not a veto in a brand new eu safeguard procedure and offers a few provocative techniques. so much in particular, he proposes that the time has come to supply Russia with a Nato club motion Plan (Map) and is of the same opinion that those that argue opposed to it stay mired in a chilly battle mind-set that's out of sync with modern day strategic realities. finally, a crusade to incorporate Russia in Nato could fail yet a minimum of, the exercise merits severe attention he believes. He additionally presents compelling the explanation why U.S. safeguard analysts needs to contemplate a number of destiny results for Russia. as well as being the single country that's able to devastating the U.S. in a nuclear trade, lots of the world's inhabitants and assets exist at the borders of its tremendous territory. Its destiny then, will form the worldwide strategic setting for many years to come back.

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