By Richard Pipes
The writer of the vintage two-volume examine, The Russian Revolution and Russia lower than the Bolshevik Regime, now distills these works into an authoritative new chronicle of Russia among 1900 and the loss of life of Lenin. "A deep and eloquent condemnation."--The big apple occasions.
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Thus, the tsar lavished attention on Kievan artifacts as well as on the complex of buildings within the Moscow Kremlin, which had been neglected as the symbol of Russia’s past since the Europeanizing reforms of Peter the Great. As a result, what came to be celebrated as the Russian style, in the Nicholaevan era was referred to as the RussoByzantine or simply Byzantine style, thus serving to announce Russia’s connection with a centuries-old heritage equal to any in the West. By providing palpable links to Kievan and Muscovite historic figures, dress, and events, Solntsev’s drawings affirmed the Orthodox, historical, cultural, and dynastic basis of tsarist rule.
Beginning at mid-century with the advent of the world expositions, demand for nationally distinctive products arose on the international market, making the teaching of a distinctively Russian style essential in the nation’s new schools of design. Exposure to the relics of bygone centuries stimulated the revival of native crafts like ceramics, enameling, filigree, and icon painting and fostered a coherent national style that would compete with West European products. It was in the world of public spectacle and fantasy that Solntsev’s early Russian style found its natural home.
His ability to fashion fragments of that culture—medieval manuscript illuminations, Tatar helmets, onion domes—into a new visual language makes him an enormously important figure in the history of Russian art. One 14 The New York Public Library purchased Odezhdy Russkago gosudarstva, a portfolio of 324 watercolors, in 1934, and it remains one of the library’s treasures. ” 16 Chaadaev’s “Philosophical Letter” was published in the journal Teleskop, as reprinted in M. O. Gerzhenzon, ed. Sochineniia i pis’ma P.
A Concise History of the Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes