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From the reign of Peter the Great, Russia's country estates were oases of barbarian splendour and personal freedom in a vast, sparsely settled and authoritarian land. This work explores the vanished world of the Russian country estate. Definitely a go-to for anybody interested in Russian history (who doesn't speak Russian!).

Family and cultural life before the end after the 1917 revolution. Priscilla Roosevelt is a marvelous historian with a rare aesthetic sense. Roosevelt captures your imagination, the impartial told stories from many sources tell of the beauty, romance, and tragedy. This is large book which covers it all. There are Illustrations. Her book on Russian country estates not only explains their appearance in the eighteenth century and their extraordinary development in the nineteenth century, it gives the reader a visual sense of estate architecture and garden design. When I bought this book, I read it straight through.

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From the reign of Peter the Great, Russia's country estates were oases of barbarian splendor and personal freedom in a vast, sparsely settled, and authoritarian land. This lavishly illustrated book is the first in any language to explore fully the vanished world of the Russian country estate. Priscilla Roosevelt brings to life these magnificent aristocratic dwellings, discussing their origins, their design and decoration, the social, family, and cultural life within their walls, and their physical demise after the 1917 revolution.The Bolshevik revolution destroyed both the world of the estate and much of the evidence about it. To recreate this lost world Roosevelt has drawn on many sources - including the physical remains of once-grand manor houses (many photographed for this book), the invaluable diaries and memoirs that chronicle a way of life that was to perish, and the Russian art and literature that estate life produced and in which it was portrayed. Juxtaposing images from art and from the novels of such literary giants as Turgenev and Tolstoy with the real milieu that inspired them, the book is a beautiful and vivid portrait of Russian country life.

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Paxondano
Professor Priscilla Roosevelt, author of the magisterial LIFE ON THE RUSSIAN COUNTRY ESTATE: A SOCIAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY, degreed at Harvard and Columbia, became fascinated by the social and cultural history of Russian estates while writing her doctoral dissertation. This passion has resulted in her becoming perhaps the leading authority on these aspects of Russia's history.

Like WAR AND PEACE and DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, Professor captured the breadth and scope of a vanished way of life. Her astounding scholarship earned her a nice letter from George Kennan.

Roosevelt's age of 'selfdom and splendor' was a far cry from Hyde Park, where King George VI and Queen Mary were quartered in a tiny guestroom that would be considered servant quarters in England or Mount Vernon, where guests were served boarding house dinners.

The scale of Russian serfdom was staggering. A few estate owners had over 100,000 serfs to fulfill their caprices, and there were 30 million privately owned serfs compared with 4 million slaves in the American south. The golden age of estate building began with Catherine the Great in the 18th century. Owners sought to emulate lavish French and, later, English styles, but on steroids, due to their apparently limitless wealth. The top nobles often got their wealth from imperial concessions on Russia's natural resources and from massive grants of land and serfs from the czars. (Sound familiar, czar Putin?) They had regiments of serf artists and artisans who were apprenticed locally or even occasionally sent abroad to master their crafts.

Russia was a hierarchical society. On the estate the local autocrat was the sole source of law. The Westernized elite in their manor houses were surrounded by traditional Russian peasant villages. Yet renowned artists such as Pushkin and Tolstoy learned to appreciate native culture by living on their estates.

Roosevelt employed stunning visuals to illustrate estate opulence. Count Sheremetev's Kuskovo hosted Catherine the Great six times. Its lavish reception rooms advertised his wealth and the skills of his serf artists. The separate kitchen wing, one of a number of amazing outbuildings, would be a lordly mansion elsewhere. The conservatory operated throughout the harsh Russian winters, delivering fruits and vegetables to guests while birds fluttered about. The grotto and Italian palace were used for entertaining, while the hermitage allowed the count to be alone with intimate guests, food and drink arriving invisibly via dumb waiters.

Noblesse oblige encouraged lavish entertainments, to which people 'appropriately dressed' were invited. Many festive days ended with eye-popping fireworks. The count's serf theater was famous: the performances outdid those of Moscow's Imperial Theater. There were at least 800 serf theaters on estates throughout Russia, as well as numerous serf harems.

In 1861 the Tsar emancipated Russia's serfs. Now anyone with money could own an estates, and nobles who cold not manage without serfs sold their properties in droves. But significantly, most new owners were well aware of the prestigious traditions of earlier estate life and tried to maintain them during the next half century.

World War I, the 1917 revolution, and Russia's civil war finally doomed Russia's estates. Houses were pillaged and destroyed, the owners displaced or murdered, and the archives and libraries burned. Some estate buildings escaped by becoming government facilities. More recently there has been a concerted effort, in which Roosevelt has been in the forefront, to restore some vestiges of these magnificent estates. Meanwhile, if you crave a Russian faux mansion, there is a new 20,000 sq. ft. Moscow edifice available for $13.9 million..
luisRED
A stunning "coffee table" book accompanied by a deeply researched commentary and analysis. The perfect accompaniment to, say, Robert K. Massie's biography Catherine the Great. Don't wait as long as I did to read it!
Walan
What a wonderful book! A wonderful peak at a past that will never come again. Chekhov could not have done it any better. I lived in Russia for six years and visited many of these wonderful estates, a hint of the aristocracy and landed gentry life of the 17th and 18th centuries: Ostankino, Kuskovo, Arkhangelskoe, others, so much beauty. Ms. Roosevelt captures the perfect architecture, the colorful gardens, the jeweled ballrooms and theaters. Plus, her writing is not only informative and accurate, but entertaining. You feel like you are looking out from a gilded frame on the painted parlor wall. This book deserves a permanent place in a cultured family's library.

Frederick R. Andresen, Author of "Walking on Ice, An American Businessman in Russia."
Zetadda
Ms. Roosevelts highly informative and readable text combines with the volumes many photographs and illustrations to bring to life the world of the aristocracy and landed gentry of Russia and those who served them, more than a century ago.
Ms.Roosevelt's engrossing study takes on this vast subject with apparent ease and succeeds.
I recommend this book to anyone at all who is looking for an intersting read. Whether your a history buff or not you're sure to enjoy this book. By the time I had finnished the first paragraph I was unable to put it down!
Life on the Russian Country Estate: A Social and Cultural History download epub
Humanities
Author: Priscilla Roosevelt
ISBN: 0300055951
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Yale University Press; 1st US - 1st Printing edition (October 25, 1995)
Pages: 384 pages