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Imperial Russia's Illustrated Press

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"The illustrated weeklies open a wide window on Russian cultural, social, and political life. Their editors traced the sweep of the Russian imagination at the apogee of Russian cultural power from the peak years of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy to the modernist era and the chaos of 1917. They captured imperial expansion, cultural innovation, high fashion, graphic arts, performing arts, grand funerals and anniversaries, occasions of state, wonders of science, and domestic and foreign politics. In addition, the weeklies inscribed the changing image of Russia’s great cities, its landscapes, and its multinational citizenry, together with literary life and a visual and verbal chronicle of all and sundry occasions and events.
These periodicals show how Russia and its peoples were imagined and events recorded and memorialized. They also document Russia’s physical landscape including churches no longer standing, vanished landscapes, rituals no longer performed, and scenes that will never again appear, all through the eyes of contemporaries. Each issue of these magazines contains surprises for historians and scholars of culture alike." (from the vendor's annotations)

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IUB Library Subjects:
  • Russian and East European Studies
  • Central Eurasian Studies
  • Art & Art History
  • Slavic and East European Studies
  • History

Library of Congress Subjects:

Ethnology -- Russia -- Periodicals.
Geographic: Russia (Federation) -- Description and travel -- Periodicals.
Russia (Federation) -- History -- Periodicals.
Russia (Federation) -- Social conditions -- 1801-1917 -- Periodicals.
Russia (Federation) -- Economic conditions -- 1861-1917 -- Periodicals