Russian Orientalism

Asia in the Russian Mind from Peter the Great to the Emigration
Author(s): 
Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, David
ISBN: 
9780300110630
Date published: 
May 2010
Hardback
Price: 
£25.00

Exploring the writings, poetry, and art of representative individuals including Catherine the Great, Alexander Pushkin, Alexander Borodin, and leading orientologists, Schimmelpenninck 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 and often surprisingly sympathetic understanding of the East among its people.