Kritika

Articles from Vol. 11, No. 4, Fall

"An Infinite Variety of Inclinations and Appetites": Genie and Governance in Post-Petrine Russia
"My life nowadays is most distressful and miserable," complained Prince Mikhail Mikhailovich Golitsyn in a letter to his brother-in-law on 2 April 1711. The prince, a member of a large and illustrious aristocratic family, was one of the young "volunteers"...
Michael Confino (1926-2010)
Michael Confino was not only one of the greatest historians of imperial Russia but also one of the few who were able to connect the historiography of Russia with that of other countries. For this, he was recognized by a worldwide community of historians...
Practice and Performance in the History of the Russian Nobility
Though reluctantly prepared to admit that his history of the Russian nobility, published in 1870, might be marred by shortcomings of execution--it was, after all, a product of imperfect human nature--Aleksandr Romanovich-Slavatinskii found it hard...
Stealing the Monopoly of Knowledge? Soviet Reactions to U.S. Cold War Broadcasting
A new era in international relations dawned after World War II: the Cold War was not a conventional war, but it was definitely not the peace people had been waiting for. It was a war that was waged in several arenas as the role of armed forces diminished...
"The Poetics of Everyday Behavior" Revisited: Lotman, Gender, and the Evolution of Russian Noble Identity
In a letter to her brother in 1828, describing a course of summer reading that included Shakespeare and Sir Walter Scott, Mariia Mukhanova begged his forgiveness for the choice of language in her previous letter. "I don't know why ! wrote to you in...
When Does History End?
Every era has to locate for itself the boundary between past and present or between "history" and "current affairs." In schools and universities, courses on the Cold War, decolonization, and the civil rights movement are now commonplace, even if the...
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