PASSION AND PERCEPTION: Essays on Russian Culture

Richard Stites
New Academia Publishing, 2010
576 Pages, 4 Illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9828061-6-6 Paperback

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About the Author

Richard Stites (1931-2010) was a School of Foreign Service Board of Visitors Distinguished Professor in International Studies at Georgetown University, the recipient of a mile-long list of awards and fellowships from the Russian Research Center at Harvard, the Kennan Institute, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Harriman Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and others, including an honorary doctorate from the University of Helsinki. The list of his books, authored and edited, is just as long. He was also a dedicated and beloved teacher, and remains a legend in the Russian history field over two continents.

About the book

This collection represents the bulk of twenty years of scholarship, besides the well-known monographs, which includes book chapters in collective volumes and scholarly journals, and diverse pieces in popular magazines. Some of these essays appeared before the monographs did, and illustrate how Stites worked with his material, presented it, and  allowed it to be utilized. Six essays set forth Stites’s approach to cultural history and cover great deal of ground and time. The second set is related to Revolutionary Dreams, and fall into two categories: futurism and science fiction, and rituals and symbols. The next grouping comprises a diverse set of essays related to Russian Popular Culture, which he conceived as seed with more to follow. The final set corresponds to Serfdom, Society, and the Arts in Imperial Russia.