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Russia's Rome: Imperial Visions, Messianic Dreams, 1890-1940 (Paperback)
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Russia's Rome: Imperial Visions, Messianic Dreams, 1890-1940 (Paperback)

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A wide-ranging study of empire, religious prophecy, and nationalism in literature, Russia's Rome: Imperial Visions, Messianic Dreams, 1890-1940 provides the first examination of Russia's self-identification with Rome during a period that encompassed the revolutions of 1905 and 1917 and the rise of the Soviet state. Analyzing Rome-related texts by six writers--Dmitrii Merezhkovskii, Valerii Briusov, Aleksandr Blok, Viacheslav Ivanov, Mikhail Kuzmin, and Mikhail Bulgakov--Judith E. Kalb argues that the myth of Russia as the 'Third Rome' was resurrected to create a Rome-based discourse of Russian national identity that endured even as the empire of the tsars declined and fell and a new state replaced it. Russia generally finds itself beyond the purview of studies concerned with the ongoing potency of the classical world in modern society. Slavists, for their part, have only recently begun to note the influence of classical civilization not only during Russia's neo-classical eighteenth century but also during its modernist period. With its interdisciplinary scope, Russia's Rome fills a gap in both Russian studies and scholarship on the classical tradition, providing valuable material for scholars of Russian culture and history, classicists, and readers interested in the classical heritage.

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299229245
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Kalb's monograph is written with great erudition and scholarly assiduousness. . . . Given Kalb's focus on little-known texts, even specialists are likely to learn from this book."-Adrian Wanner, "Slavic Review"


"Kalb's monograph is written with great erudition and scholarly assiduousness. . . . Given Kalb's focus on little-known texts, even specialists are likely to learn from this book."--Adrian Wanner, "Slavic Review"


Kalb s monograph is written with great erudition and scholarly assiduousness. . . . Given Kalb s focus on little-known texts, even specialists are likely to learn from this book. Adrian Wanner, "Slavic Review""


"Kalb's scope and capacity prove more than a match to explain the workings of "Russia's Rome" as a 'mythmaking tool'. Her penetrating illustration of the topos' staying power offers a multitude of original insights, and recovers a forgotten chapter in the European classical tradition. . . . A brilliant and absorbing book." Caspar Meyer, "International Journal of the Classical Tradition""


Russia s Rome gives a new and significant context to the work of some of Russia s major poets and prose writers of the early twentieth century. Kalb s main contribution is to show that the interest in the Roman Empire was not an incidental part of Russian literature in this period, but a genuine obsession. Michael Wachtel, Princeton University"

Kalb s monograph is written with great erudition and scholarly assiduousness. . . . Given Kalb s focus on little-known texts, even specialists are likely to learn from this book. Adrian Wanner, Slavic Review

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Kalb s book offers its readers new vistas into the study of Russian intellectual history, imperial discourse, national identity and historiography. Just as importantly, Kalb helps to remind us that eternal cities are often historical constructs. The Russian Review
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"Russia's Rome gives a new and significant context to the work of some of Russia's major poets and prose writers of the early twentieth century. Kalb's main contribution is to show that the interest in the Roman Empire was not an incidental part of Russian literature in this period, but a genuine obsession."--Michael Wachtel, Princeton University

"Kalb's monograph is written with great erudition and scholarly assiduousness. . . . Given Kalb's focus on little-known texts, even specialists are likely to learn from this book."--Adrian Wanner, Slavic Review


"Kalb's scope and capacity prove more than a match to explain the workings of Russia's Rome as a 'mythmaking tool'. Her penetrating illustration of the topos' staying power offers a multitude of original insights, and recovers a forgotten chapter in the European classical tradition. . . . A brilliant and absorbing book."--Caspar Meyer, International Journal of the Classical Tradition


"Kalb's book offers its readers new vistas into the study of Russian intellectual history, imperial discourse, national identity and historiography. Just as importantly, Kalb helps to remind us that eternal cities are often historical constructs."--The Russian Review

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