Modern history

Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia

Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia

Beginning in the eighteenth century with the building of St. Petersburg and culminating with the Soviet regime, Figes examines how writers, artists, and musicians grappled with the idea of Russia itself-its character, spiritual essence, and destiny. Skillfully interweaving the great works-by Dostoevsky, Stravinsky, and Chagall-with folk embroidery, peasant songs, religious icons, and all the customs of daily life, Figes reveals the spirit of "Russianness" as rich and uplifting, complex and contradictory-and more lasting than any Russian ruler or state.

Introduction

Chapter 1. EUROPEAN RUSSIA

Chapter 2. CHILDREN OF 1812

Chapter 3. MOSCOW! MOSCOW!

Chapter 4. THE PEASANT MARRIAGE

Chapter 5. IN SEARCH OF THE RUSSIAN SOUL

Chapter 6. DESCENDANTS OF GENGHIZ KHAN

Chapter 7. RUSSIA THROUGH THE SOVIET LENS

Chapter 8. RUSSIA ABROAD