Sunlight at Midnight
St.Petersburg and the Rise of Modern Russia
By (author) Bruce Lincoln
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Sunlight at Midnight by Bruce Lincoln
Book DescriptionFor Russians, St.Petersburg has embodied power, heroism and fortitude. It has encompassed all the things that the Russians are and that they hope to become. Opulence and artistic brilliance blend with images of suffering on a monumental scale to make up the historic persona the late W. Bruce Lincoln's lavish biography of this mysterious, complex city. Climate and comfort were not what Tsar Peter the Great had in mind when he decided to build a new capital in the muddy marshes of the Neva River delta. Located 500 miles below the Arctic Circle, this area, with its foul weather, bad water and sodden soil, was so unattractive that only a handful of Finnish fisherman had ever settled there. Yet to the Tsar the place he named Sankt Pieter Burkh had the makings of a paradise. His vision was soon borne out: though St. Petersburg was closer to London, Paris and Vienna than to Russian's far-off eastern lands, it quickly became the political, cultural and economic center of an empire that stretched across more than a dozen time zones and over three continents.In this book, revolutionaries and laborers brush shoulders with tsars and builders, soldiers and statesmen share pride of place with poets. For only the entire historical experience of this magnificent and mysterious city can reveal the wealth of human and natural forces that shaped the modern history of the city and the nation it represents.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465083244
(229mm x 152mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 16-May-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Bruce Lincoln
Religion, Empire, and Torture, Paperback (October 2014)
Identifying the three core components of an imperial theology that have transhistorical and contemporary relevance: dualistic ethics, a theory of divine election, and a sense of salvific mission, the author shows how these religious ideas shaped Achaemenian practice and brought the Persians unprecedented wealth, power, and territory, and more.
Between History and Myth, Hardback (September 2014)
Among those institutions most in need of an impressive creation account is the state: it's one of the primary ways states attempt to legitimate themselves. Using the story of how Harald Fairhair unified Norway in the ninth century, the author illuminates the way a state's foundation story blurs the distinction between history and myth.
Gods and Demons, Priests and Scholars, Paperback (May 2012)» View all books by Bruce Lincoln
Assembles a collection of essays that both illustrates and reveals the benefits of his methodology, making a case for a critical religious studies that starts with skepticism but is neither cynical nor crude. This book tackles many questions central to religious study.
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Author Biography - Bruce Lincoln
W. Bruce Lincoln was the Distinguished Professor of Russian History at Northern Illinois University. He was the author of Between Heaven and Hell: The Story of a Thousand Years of Artistic Life in Russia and almost a dozen other books. W. Bruce Lincoln died on April 9, 2000 at the age of 61.
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