New PDF release: A Russian Journal

By John Steinbeck, Susan Shillinglaw, Robert Capa

ISBN-10: 1440657505

ISBN-13: 9781440657504

EISBN-13: 978-1-440-65750-4

Steinbeck and Capa's account in their trip via chilly conflict Russia is a vintage piece of reportage and shuttle writing.

Just after the Iron Curtain fell on jap Europe, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer John Steinbeck and acclaimed struggle photographer Robert Capa ventured into the Soviet Union to record for the New York usher in Tribune. This infrequent chance took the recognized tourists not just to Moscow and Stalingrad – now Volgograd – yet in the course of the nation-state of the Ukraine and the Caucasus. Hailed by means of the recent York instances as "superb" whilst it first seemed in 1948, A Russian Journal is the distillation in their trip and continues to be a amazing memoir and detailed historic document.

What they observed and movingly recorded in phrases and on movie used to be what Steinbeck known as "the nice different part there ... the non-public lifetime of the Russian people." in contrast to different Western reporting approximately Russia on the time, A Russian Journal is freed from ideological obsessions. quite, Steinbeck and Capa recorded the bleak realities of manufacturing unit employees, executive clerks, and peasants, as they emerged from the rubble of worldwide struggle II—represented right here in Capa's stirring photos along Steinbeck's masterful prose. via all of it, we're given intimate glimpses of 2 artists on the peak in their powers, answering their have to record human fight. This variation positive factors an creation by way of Steinbeck pupil Susan Shillinglaw.

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Wages for workers in the Petrograd armaments plants probably rose slightly faster than inflation in 1914–15; but 31 a hi s t o r y o f m o d e r n r u s s i a thereafter they failed to keep pace – and the pay-rates in the capital were the highest in the country. 17 Wages in any case do not tell the whole story. Throughout the empire there was a deficit in consumer products. Bread had to be queued for, and its availability was unreliable. Housing and sanitation fell into disrepair. All urban amenities declined in quality as the population of the towns swelled with rural migrants searching for factory work and with refugees fleeing the German occupation.

Russians were moving to towns; they were becoming literate; they could travel from one part of the country to another; they had chances of changing their type of occupation. As they met and talked and worked together, they started to feel that they had much in common with each other. Yet national consciousness was not a dominant sentiment among Russians. Except at times of war, most of them at the beginning of the twentieth century were motivated by Christian belief, peasant customs, village loyalties and reverence for the tsar rather than by feelings of Russian nationhood.

With the increase in the urban population there was a rise in the number of shopkeepers, clerks and providers of other products and services. The cities of the Russian Empire teemed with a new life that was bursting through the surface of the age-old customs. The monarchy tried to hold on to its prerogatives by ensuring that the middle and upper classes should lack organizations independent from the government. There were a few exceptions. The Imperial Economic Society debated the great issues of industrialization.

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