Between East and West: The Origins of Modern Russia: by R. D. Charques

By R. D. Charques

An authoritative brief background of Russia, from the mysterious origins of the countryside to the demise of Stalin

A vintage paintings now again in print for the 1st time due to the fact 1956—and nonetheless considered as one of many groundbreaking books at the subject—this narrative historical past of Russia was once the 1st to surround the myth-befogged beginnings of the geographical region, the increase and cataclysmic fall of tsarism, and the Spartan years of the U.S.S.R.

Charques emphasizes 3 issues of view: that autocracy has performed a dominant function all through all of Russian background; that serfdom is the material of Russia’s social background; and that it's of paramount significance to acknowledge Russia’s current regime less than Putin and Medvedev because the most up-to-date part in a protracted historical past of oppression.

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With this goal in mind the director had organized a section of comparative anatomy, which gave visitors to the museum a chance to view skeletons of various local animal species. 30 Lepneva believed that the museum had to create an atmosphere where visitors could both observe the permanent collection and become practically familiar with the achievements of science. 31 By the eve of the first World War, and as a result of the efforts of local naturalists, the Iaroslavl’ Natural-History Museum had become one of the most important provincial museums of any type in Russia.

In Russia, these societies and their publications had a dual mission: to establish professional associations for scientific scholars and to bring science to the people. 25 Chapter 2 SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE IN LATE IMPERIAL RUSSIA n tsarist Russia, voluntary societies encouraged citizens from a variety of social backgrounds to participate and become more engaged in civic activity. The scientific society played a significant role in the grand, ambitious movement to popularize scientific ideas.

10 In Russia as in Europe, specialists in newly founded scientific societies, and liberal educators like Nicholas Rubakin, paid particularly close attention in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to the needs of working-class citizens, determined to expand their knowledge of science. 12 As the nineteenth century came to a close in Europe, popular-scientific literature became more market generated. Publishers of popular-scientific journals packaged publications with concise and appealing articles and themes.

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