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Author Johnson, Emily D., 1966-

Title How St. Petersburg learned to study itself : the Russian idea of kraevedenie / Emily D. Johnson.

Published University Park : Pennsylvania State University Press, [2006]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  947.210072047 JOHN    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 303 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Series Studies of the Harriman Institute.
Studies of the Harriman Institute.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [273]-287) and index.
Summary "In the bookshops of present-day St. Petersburg, guidebooks abound. Both modern descriptions of Russia's old imperial capital and lavish new editions of pre-Revolutionary texts sell well, primarily attracting an audience of local residents. Why do Russians read one- and two-hundred-year-old guidebooks to a city they already know well? In How St. Petersburg Learned to Study Itself, Emily Johnson traces the Russian fascination with local guides to the idea of kraevedenie." "Johnson traces the history of kraevedenie, showing how St. Petersburg-based scholars and institutions have played a central role in the evolution of the discipline. Distinguished from obvious Western equivalents such as cultural geography and the German Heimatkunde by both its dramatic history and unique social significance, kraevedenie has, for close to a hundred years, served as a key forum for expressing concepts of regional and national identity within Russian culture."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Local history -- Study and teaching -- Russia (Federation) -- Saint Petersburg.
Saint Petersburg (Russia) -- History -- Study and teaching.
Saint Petersburg (Russia) -- Historiography -- History.
Saint Petersburg (Russia) -- Civilization.
Variant Title How Saint Petersburg learned to study itself.
Standard Number 9780271028729
ISBN 0271028726 (clothbound : alk. paper)