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Cultural Identity and Civil Society in Russia and Eastern Europe

Essays in Memory of Charles E. Timberlake

Editor(s): David M. Borgmeyer, Nicole Monnier, Andrew Kier Wise

Book Description

This volume is dedicated to the memory of Charles E. Timberlake. The contributors include his former colleagues and students.

The first section deals with “Liberalism and Civil Society in Russia and Eastern Europe.” Alla Barabtarlo discusses unfinished research conducted by Charles Timberlake on the liberal activist Ivan Petrunkevich. Evgeny Badredinov analyzes research on the Russian village conducted by an important liberal lawyer and sociologist, Maksim Kovalevskii. Andrew Wise examines commentary by Polish liberals and their exiled Russian colleagues published in the Warsaw press from 1920–1923.

The second section deals with “Orthodoxy and Cultural Identity in Late Imperial Russia.” Robert Nichols explains the role in Russia’s monastic revival played by Gethsemane skete, a monastic cloister that was founded in 1844. Sally Stocksdale details the motivations of a self-cloistering Russian noblewoman (Praskovia Yazikova) of the nineteenth century. Jesse Murray explores the cultural and religious identities of residents in the Baikal region. David Borgmeyer focuses on the response to the works of Pablo Picasso by one art critic, Sergei Bulgakov.

The third section deals with “Civil Society in the Post-Soviet Era.” Byron Scott demonstrates that press freedom has been a contentious issue in these societies. James McCartney analyzes the reforming of the educational system in independent Georgia.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4041-5
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4041-6
Date of Publication: 01/09/2012
Pages / Size: 230 / A5
Price: £44.99


Andrew Kier Wise is Associate Professor of History and Government at Daemen College in Amherst, New York. His previous publications on liberalism include a political biography of Kadet leader Aleksander Lednicki. His most recent publications deal with the historical philosophy of Feliks Koneczny. Currently, he is working on a monograph about the Bolshevik Boris Reinstein and his wife Anna.

David M. Borgmeyer is Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for International Studies at Saint Louis University. His research interests center around issues of religion and gender in Russian Modernism. He has presented, lectured, and published on icons and avant-garde art, and is currently editing a handbook of the Russian Avant-garde.

Nicole Monnier is Associate Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Russian at University of Missouri-Columbia. Her general area of interest is 19th-century literary culture; her more recent research examines the intersection of Russian literature, anthropology and non-fiction writing.

Byron T. Scott, Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia, specializes in free press studies with an emphasis on post-Soviet societies. He has lived and taught in Bulgaria, Russia, Albania, Mongolia, Moldova and Georgia among others. He continues to write and consult for Freedom House, Open Society and other agencies.