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Part I: Religion Chapter 1: Spirituality and Education in Early Medieval Rus' Chapter 2: Religious Culture in Muscovy: The Fifteenth through Seventeenth Centuries Chapter 3: St. Petersburg: Development of Secular Culture Chapter 4: Religion in Russia Today Chapter 5: A Culture Oriented toward Expression: The Legacy Part II: Russian Collectivism and the Work Ethic Chapter 6: Historical Origins of the Russian Work Ethic Chapter 7: Attitudes toward Work through the Eyes of Russian Literature Part III: Legal Nihilism: The Tradition of Law and Morality in Russia Chapter 8: A Case Study: Vitaly Kaloyev-A Murderer or a Hero? Chapter 9: Concepts of Legal Nihilism in the Contemporary Russian Context Chapter 10: Historical Roots of Russian Legal Nihilism Chapter 11: Law in Contemporary Russia Part IV: Perceptions and Reactions Chapter 12: Russian Perceptions of America: Historical Perspective Chapter 13: Individual Characteristics of Consciousness and Perception of a Foreign Culture Chapter 14: Development of Individual Consciousness within National Culture Chapter 15: Asymmetry in Russians' Perception of America and Americans' Perception of Russia

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Konstantin V. Kustanovich is professor emeritus of Russian at Vanderbilt University.

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Konstantin V. Kustanovich's book is unique in its well-substantiated historical approach to the development of Russian culture. Going back to the beginnings of the centralized Moscow state in the fifteenth century and moving through the centuries to today's reality, he convincingly establishes the continuity and persistency of such core cultural aspects as Russia's peculiar kind of Christianity, collectivism, legal nihilism, and nationalism. He also connects these features of national culture to the way Russians perceive America. The book represents a valuable contribution to understanding Russian culture vis-a-vis the Western world. -- Andrei V. Korobkov, Middle Tennessee State University
This study is a perceptive 'De Tocquevillian' view of American and Russian cultures by a Russian scholar familiar with both countries, full of insights that deserve thoughtful consideration by American and Russian policymakers alike - with attention to latent considerations and provocative parallels, contemporary and historical which continue to bedevil efforts to find a common language and accommodations. -- William E. Butler, Pennsylvania State University

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