Kritika

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 3, Summer

Another Way of Telling the News: The Rise of Photojournalism in Russia, 1900-1914
Widespread circulation of photography through the popular illustrated press turned readers of the news into spectators of social performance. Pictures of current events addressed consumers more directly than the daily papers. They offered a realistic...
Coming of Age
Two years ago, in the summer of 2009, the marquee event of the quinquennial international conference of the Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia was a dinner speech by Isabel de Madariaga. She turned 90 that year; and the speech, she said, was...
From Mongol Prince to Russian Saint: A Neglected 15th-Century Russian Source on the Mongol Land Consecration Ritual
Hagiographical literature has long been acknowledged by historians of the medieval West as an important source for understanding the past. (1) Yet its potential--and this is especially true in the case of medieval Russian sources--remains little explored...
How Russia Learned to Listen: Radio and the Making of Soviet Culture
In January 1916, Maurice Paleologue, the wartime French ambassador to Petrograd, opined that "the Russians are affected infinitely more by the spoken than the written word. To begin with, they are an imaginative race, and consequently always desire...
Leopold Haimson (1927-2010)
"If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which seeds will grow and which will not." --Macbeth, used as the introduction to Haimson's Russian Marxists and the Origins of Bolshevism Leopold Haimson, Professor Emeritus at Columbia University,...
Mapping the Graphosphere: Cultures of Writing in Early 19th-Century Russia (and Before)
The "graphosphere" here denotes the totality of graphic devices used to record, store, display, and disseminate messages and information, and the social and cultural spaces in which they figure. All forms of depiction are part of the graphosphere....
Song of the Year and Soviet Mass Culture in the 1970s
"Song is a country / where the people choose their kings." --Poet and lyricist Sergei Ostrovoi on Song-72, 1 January 1973 We have long drawn conclusions about late Soviet society based on its televised ceremonies. Images of the parades on Red...