'Truth about Russia': Russia in Britain at the fin de siècle

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Abstract

This chapter examines British cultural interest in Russia at the end of the century. It documents the variety of ways in which the British came to know Russia at the time, drawing attention to an obsession with the melodrama of Russian politics, typically mythologised as a stand-off between the autocratic Tzarist regime and the Nihilist revolutionaries. It surveys a wide range of Nihilist inspired literature, looking in detail at the contrasting responses to Russia to be found in the works of W. T. Stead, and those of the Russian exile Sergey Stepniak.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Edinburgh Companion to Fin de Siècle Literature, Culture and the Arts
EditorsJosephine M. Guy
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Chapter13
Pages244-262
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781474408929, 9781474408936
ISBN (Print)9781474408912
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Russia
  • Russian politics
  • Nihilist Revolutionaries
  • Nihilist Literature

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