'Russia is the motherland of elephants' this phrase from a Soviet-era anekdot (a peculiar genre of Russian jokes, often political, or obscene, or both) takes the mickey out of historical propaganda. The phrase is symbolic of the somewhat lighthearted approach to history, which is quintessential to this book. This is not an official history but a series of sketches, often humorous, on various aspects of Russian life over the centuries, of people, institutions, natural and political phenomena and local products of interest. The book also offers glimpses of Russia's historical relations with the West, chequered, complex and fraught with chronic mutual misunderstanding.
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|Size: ||971 KB|
|Date published: || 2016|
|ISBN: ||9781326554088 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|