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Russian Orientalism: Asia in the Russian Mind from Peter the Great to the Emigration

David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye

Abstract

The West has been accused of seeing the East in a hostile and deprecatory light, as the legacy of nineteenth-century European imperialism. This book examines Russian thinking about the Orient before the Russian Revolution of 1917. Exploring the writings, poetry, and art of representative individuals including Catherine the Great, Alexander Pushkin, Alexander Borodin, and leading orientologists, it argues that the Russian Empire's bi-continental geography, its ambivalent relationship with the rest of Europe, and the complicated nature of its encounter with Asia have all resulted in a variegated ... More

Keywords: imperialism, Orient, Russian Revolution, Catherine the Great, Alexander Pushkin, Alexander Borodin, orientologists, Russian Empire, Asia, Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780300110630
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300110630.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, author