Faculty Book: Cynthia Hyla Whittaker, ed.
Cynthia Hyla Whittaker, editor
Russia Engages the World, 1453-1825
(Harvard University Press, 2003; 208 pp.)
Russia Engages the World, 1453-1825 was created by leading historians in collaboration with The New York Public Library and features many of the materials from the Library's exhibit of the same name. Featuring eight essays and 120 images from the Library's distinguished collection, the book is both an engagingly written work of history and an arresting visual object. It charts Russia's emergence from an insular, medieval, liturgical realm centered on "Old Muscovy," to becoming a modern, secular, world power embodied in cosmopolitan St. Petersburg. The essays are illustrated by images of rare Russian books, manuscripts, maps, engravings, watercolors, and woodcuts from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries, as well as treasures of diverse minority cultures living in the territories of the Russian Empire. Whittaker is professor of history at The Graduate Center and Baruch College.
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Submitted on: OCT 3, 2003