Architectures of Russian Identity: 1500 to the Present

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Professor of History James Cracraft, James Cracraft, Daniel Bruce Rowland
Cornell University Press, 2003 - Architecture - 253 pages

From the royal pew of Ivan the Terrible, to Catherine the Great's use of landscape, to the struggles between the Orthodox Church and preservationists in post-Soviet Yaroslavl?across five centuries of Russian history, Russian leaders have used architecture to project unity, identity, and power. Church architecture has inspired national cohesion and justified political control while representing the claims of religion in brick, wood, and stone. The architectural vocabulary of the Soviet state celebrated industrialization, mechanization, and communal life. Buildings and landscapes have expressed utopian urges as well as lofty spiritual goals. Country houses and memorials have encoded their own messages.

In Architectures of Russian Identity, James Cracraft and Daniel Rowland gather a group of authors from a wide variety of backgrounds?including history and architectural history, linguistics, literary studies, geography, and political science?to survey the political and symbolic meanings of many different kinds of structures. Fourteen heavily illustrated chapters demonstrate the remarkable fertility of the theme of architecture, broadly defined, for a range of fields dealing with Russia and its surrounding territories. The authors engage key terms in contemporary historiography?identity, nationality, visual culture?and assess the applications of each in Russian contexts.

 

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Contents

MUSCOVITE RUSSIA
17
Boris Godunovs Uses
34
Architecture
51
Russian Estate Architecture and Noble Identity
66
Visions of Touristic Space
80
Constructivism and the Soviet Company Town
135
Nature Social Vision
150
The Rise and Fall of Stalinist Architecture
172
Architecture Urban Space and PostSoviet Russian Identity
204
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About the author (2003)

James Cracraft is Professor of History and University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His books include The Petrine Revolution in Russian Architecture.

James Cracraft is Professor of History and University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His books include The Petrine Revolution in Russian Architecture.

Daniel Rowland is Director of the Gaines Center for the Humanities at the University of Kentucky and has published extensively on early modern Russian political culture.

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