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The country that imposed Communism to the countries of Eastern Europe with the brute force of arms, but also the country whose heroism and immense sacrifices during WWII well over 24 million casualties, according to conservative estimates contributed the most, by far, to the defeat of Nazi Germany.
Stalingrad was the turning point of the whole war - and the average lifetime of a Russian soldier coming to Stalingrad front was 24 hours. A country with beautiful architecture, with fairy-tale churches like the one at Kizhi Pogost 37 meters of indescribable beauty, 22 domes reaching out for the sky, built of wood and without using a single nail or the famous and strikingly beautiful St.
Basil Cathedral in Moscow and also with beautiful examples of Soviet architecture Russia is a nation with a history of suffering and incredible resilience I wonder what other people on Earth would have been capable of demonstrating the resilience of the Leningrad population during the legendary siege of WWII , of incredible feats whole industries and industry sectors created from nothing within a few years, the trans-Siberian railway , but also a nation plagued by alcoholism, corruption and criminality as freely admitted by the Russian leadership even very recently.
A country whose many contradictory, conflicting cultural and ideological streams saw immediately after the success of the Russian Revolution the emergence of a climate of experimentation in literary, social and artistic expression, and of liberation, notably in relation to mass education, social mobility and the improvement of the condition of women Ambivalence is probably a term that can describe the public views on many critical issues in relation to the future direction of Russia.
An ambivalence also reflected in Putin's words: "anyone who does not regret the the collapse of the Soviet Union has no heart, but anyone who wants it restored has no brain". I think that the following extract from the poem "To My Country" by the great 19th century Russian poet Lermontov captures some of the uniqueness and beauty of Russia And yet I love it!
Why, I cannot say; The endless snowy Steppes so silent brooding, In the pine forests Autumn winds pursuing-- The flood's high water on all sides in May.
By peasant cart I fain would haste in nightly darkness, Through the lone wilderness and village desolate, How hospitable shines the sole beam sparkling To me from each poor hut! Filled with content so great, The smell of stubble burnt, delights. Piled high The wagons silent standing take their nightly rest, On distant hills the silver birches I descry, Framed gold by fertile fields the sacred picture blest.
Then with a joy unshared save by the vagrant, I see the threshing floor well filled and fragrant, The sloping straw-thatched cottage roofs again, The window panels carved, of varied stain.
Riasanovsky is best known to generations of American students for his History of Russia, now in its sixth edition , and he reproduces here insights gained from a lifetime of scholarly research.
Not surprisingly, the early imperial era fares best in these pages, but there are plenty of stimulating observations on other periods, too. Equally ancient are a strong sense of kinship and an enforced taste for warfare against foreign foes.
Regrettably, the west Russian lands remain a blank spot in traditional Moscow-centred historiography, and in these pages the Ukrainians drop out of the picture completely after Progress in education was now furthered by civic initiative, and even in respect of government administration the record was not as bleak as commonly assumed. It remains unclear whether the latter represented a valid, if only negative, facet of Russian identity.
The author pleads instead for a moderate brand of nationalism, free of chauvinistic or aggressive tendencies, and compatible with western values. Thus today the options remain open. Presumably they include a reversion, at least temporarily, to a kind of latter-day sovietism?
More surprisingly, he remains vague about the extent of mass support for the regime, a topic on which Vera Tolz, Sarah Davies, Jochen Hellbeck and others have recently thrown much light. In general he prefers to cite older authorities rather than the latest work: thus we have G.
Robinson rather than R. Manning or G.