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Creating the Empress

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Book Series: Ars Rossica ISBN: 9781936235506 9781618116710 9781618119117 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Academic Studies Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101797
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"In Creating the Empress, Vera Proskurina examines the interaction between power and poetry in creating the imperial image of Catherine the Great, providing a detailed analysis of a wide range of Russian literary works from this period, particularly the main Classical myths associated with Catherine (Amazon, Astraea, Pallas Athena, Felicitas, Fortune, etc.), as well as how these Classical subjects affirmed imperial ideology and the monarch’s power. Each chapter of the book revolves around the major events of Catherine’s reign (and some major literary works) that give a broad framework to discuss the evolution of important recurring motifs and images."

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Gone to Pitchipoi

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Book Series: Jews of Poland ISBN: 9781618112347 9781618112743 9781618116840 9781618119247 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Academic Studies Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101810
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In Gone to Pitchipoi Katz vividly recalls his experience growing up in the turmoil of WWII, and his extraordinary escape from the constant threats of Nazi occupied Poland. Born in 1931 in the picturesque countryside of Ostrowiec Świętokrzyskie, wherein more than a third of the population was Jewish, Katz experienced a constant juxtaposition of traditional ways of life with the tragedies of those years. Deemed unfit for labor camps, Katz was marked for certain death and forced to live on the run in a daily quest for food, shelter, and friendship. He eventually reunited with his sister, Fela, together encountering a series of narrow escapes and forging on to see the day of liberation. This book is a major contribution to our understanding of the fate of Jews in small Polish towns during the Second World War.

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In Quest of Tolstoy

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Book Series: Studies in Russian and Slavic Literatures, Cultures, and History ISBN: 9781934843024 9781936235087 9781618116802 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Academic Studies Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101806
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Lev Tolstoy has held the attention of mankind for well over a century. A supremely talented artist, whose novels and short stories continue to entrance readers all over the world, he was at the same time a fearless moral philosopher who explored and challenged the fundamental bases of human society—political, economic, legal, and cultural. Hugh McLean, Professor Emeritus of Russian literature at the University of California, Berkeley, has been studying and writing about Tolstoy for many years. In these essays he investigates some of the numerous puzzles and paradoxes in the Tolstoyan heritage, engaging both with Tolstoy the artist, author of those incomparable novels, and Tolstoy the thinker, who, from his impregnable outpost at Yasnaya Polyana, questioned the received ideas and beliefs of the whole civilized world. In two concluding essays, "Tolstoy beyond Tolstoy," McLean deals with the impact of Tolstoy on such diverse figures as Ernest Hemingway and Isaiah Berlin.

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Ivan Konevskoi

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Book Series: Studies in Russian and Slavic Literatures, Cultures, and History ISBN: 9781934843895 9781618117014 9781618119414 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Academic Studies Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101827
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Ivan Konevskoi: “Wise Child” of Russian Symbolism is the first study in any language of Ivan Konevskoi—poet, thinker, mystic—for many decades the “lost genius” of Russian modernism. A fresh and compelling figure, Konevskoi plunged deeply into the currents of modern mystical thought and art in the 1890s. A passionate searcher for immortality, he developed his own version of pantheism meant to guard his unique persona from dissolution in the All-One. The poetry of Tiutchev, Vladimir Solov’ev Soloviev and Rossetti, William James’s psychology, paintings of Pre-Raphaelites and Arnold Boecklin, Old Russian historical myth, the Finnish Kalevala: all engaged him during his brief life. His worldview grew more audacious, his confidence in the magical power of the word grew more assured. Drowning in 1901 at 23, Konevskoi left a legacy unfinished, rich, and intriguing.

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Life in Transit

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Book Series: Studies in Russian and Slavic Literatures, Cultures, and History ISBN: 9781936235216 9781618116888 9781618119285 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Academic Studies Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101814
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"Life in Transit is the long-awaited sequel to Shimon Redlich’s widely acclaimed Together and Apart in Brzezany, in which he discussed his childhood during the War and the Holocaust. Life in Transit tells the story of his adolescence in the city of Lodz in postwar Poland. Redlich’s personal memories are placed within the wider historical context of Jewish life in Poland and in Lodz during the immediate postwar years. Lodz in the years 1945-1950 was the second-largest city in the country and the major urban center of the Jewish population. Redlich’s research based on conventional sources and numerous interviews indicates that although the survivors still lived in the shadow of the Holocaust, postwar Jewish Lodz was permeated with a sense of vitality and hope."

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The Englishman from Lebedian'

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Book Series: Ars Rossica ISBN: 9781618112804 9781618114853 9781618116925 9781618119322 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Academic Studies Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101818
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After Evgeny Zamiatin emigrated from the USSR in 1931, he was systematically airbrushed out of Soviet literary history, despite the central role he had played in the cultural life of Russia’s northern capital for nearly twenty years. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, his writings have gradually been rediscovered in Russia, but with his archives scattered between Russia, France, and the USA, the project of reconstructing the story of his life has been a complex task. This book, the first full biography of Zamiatin in any language, draws upon his extensive correspondence and other documents in order to provide an account of his life which explores his intimate preoccupations, as well as uncovering the political and cultural background to many of his works. It reveals a man of strong will and high principles, who negotiated the political dilemmas of his day—including his relationship with Stalin—with great shrewdness.

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The Muselmann at the Water Cooler

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Book Series: Reference Library of Jewish Intellectual History ISBN: 9781936235667 9781618111579 9781618116857 9781618119254 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Academic Studies Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 101811
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"A survivor of concentration camps and the Death March, Eli Pfefferkorn looks back on his Holocaust and post-Holocaust experiences to compare patterns of human behavior in extremis with those of ordinary life. What he finds is that the concentration camp Muselmann, who has lost his hunger for life and is thus shunned by his fellow inmates on the soup line, bears an eerie resemblance to an office employee who has fallen from grace and whose coworkers avoid spending time with him at the water cooler. Though the circumstances are unfathomably far apart, the human response to their situations is triggered by self-preservation rather than by calculated evil. By juxtaposing these two separate worlds, Pfefferkorn demonstrates that ultimately the human condition has not changed significantly since Cain slew Abel and the Athenians sentenced Socrates."

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Interviews with David Madden

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ISBN: 098464458X 9780984644582 Year: Pages: xi, 336 DOI: 10.7290/V7JW8BSN Language: English
Publisher: Newfound Press
Subject: History
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Animal Rights Activism

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Book Series: Protest and Social Movements ISBN: 9789048525485 9789089647641 Year: Pages: 160 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Sociology --- Social Sciences
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We’re in an era of ever increasing attention to animal rights, and activism around the issue is growing more widespread and prominent. In this volume, Kerstin Jacobsson and Jonas Lindblom use the animal rights movement in Sweden to offer the first analysis of social movements through the lens of Emile Durkheim’s sociology of morality. By positing social movements as essentially a moral phenomenon—and morality itself as a social fact—the book complements more structural, cultural, or strategic action–based approaches, even as it also demonstrates the continuing value of classical sociological approaches to understanding contemporary society.

Goodness Gracious, Miss Agnes: Patchwork of Country Living

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ISBN: 0979729203 9780979729201 Year: Pages: xiii, 380 DOI: 10.7290/V7154F05 Language: English
Publisher: Newfound Press
Subject: History
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