From Nyet to Da: Understanding the Russians

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Intercultural Press, 2003 - Social Science - 203 pages
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From Nyet to Da enlightens readers about virtually every aspect of Russian life. - Increase in contact between Russians and Westerners. As interactions multiply, so does the need to understand what drives Russian behaviour and what skills are needed to communicate effectively. From Nyet to Da covers social and interpersonal skills, as well as the underlying cultural assumptions and values of the Russian people. - Written for anyone engaged in transactions with Russians. s: business executives, educators, students, governmental or non-governmental officials; anyone with an interest in understanding more about Russians will gain new insights from this sympathetic yet even-handed treatment of the Russian people. The text is enlivened with entertaining anecdotes, colourful proverbs and insightful quotes from other scholars. - Five major sections help to define the Russian culture.: Geography and Culture places Russian culture in the framework of the geographic and historical forces that have shaped it; Culture and Character describes the Russian personality: State and Society explains the post-Soviet sociopolitical system; Personal Encounters identifies key behaviour patterns a visitor will encounter; and Negotiating with Russians provides a guide to negotiating a joint venture or a new contract.

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User Review  - JeaniaK - LibraryThing

I read this book before my first trip to former Russian states in in 1994 and got a lot out of it. It brought me much closer to understanding Russian cultural communities I was involved in. I think it has stood the test of time since then and is still a very worthwhile book. Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Yale Richmond is a retired Foreign Service Officer who served in Germany, Laos, Poland, Austria, and the Soviet Union. At retirement, he was Deputy Assistant Director (Europe) of the U.S. Information Agency. He is the author of numerous books on cross-cultural communications, including From Nyet to Da: Understanding the Russians.

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