"Holy Russia": A Study in the History of an Idea

  title={"Holy Russia": A Study in the History of an Idea},
  author={Michael Cherniavsky},
  journal={The American Historical Review},
"NOT with the mind can Russia be understood.... One can only believe in Russia," wrote Tiutchev. The poet tried to answer one of the vital questions his contemporaries were asking: What is Russia? Tiutchev's solution, certainly, did not satisfy everybody; the question was asked, time and again, and is still being asked, and there has been no dearth of answers. Yet the poet saw the true nature of the question and so offered faith rather than reason, for what was sought was not the reality but… Expand
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