The History of Russian Culture

The History of Russian Culture

The Russian culture, according to Tori Historians, can be divided into several periods: The Ancient Russian Culture covering the periods 989-1480; The Russian Culture of the 19th Century from 1801 to 1914; and the Russian culture of the 20th century. The latter is subdivided into other categories such as the Silver Age of Russian Literature, Silver Age of Russian Poetry (Russian Avant Garde), Constructivism (Culture of Communist Enthusiasm), Russian Emigrant Culture and the Stalinist and Post-Stalinist periods.


Ancient Russian Culture

This was the period when the Byzantine Empire influenced Russian culture. During this time, cathedrals were constructed in the country but despite this, paganism was still practiced especially in rebel communities. This was also the same period when the Roman-dominated Russia became closer to other European countries. This also opened doors to writing traditions in Russia.

The Russian Culture of the 19th Century

During this time, the Upper Classes of Russian society began speaking the French language. In fact, some even considered it as their primary language. This led to problems especially during Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion.

The closeness of Russia with other European countries was still seen in the 19TH Century Russian Culture. Russia's artistic community showed similarities with contemporary European art. Russians became more artistic and patterned their approaches with what were common in other European countries. But, Russian culture grew from more than just being dependent on what Europe can offer to appreciate more of what artists see around them. Naturalism became clearly visible during this era.

Russian Culture Resources

Transitions in Russian culture were evident from Ancient times to these days. For further readings on this subject matter, refer to:

1. Department of Russian History of the 20th Century

2. History & Culture of Russia: The Path to Revolution

3. Study of Russian Culture in the 19th and 20th Centuries

4. Study of Russian Culture in the 19th and 20th Centuries

5. Russian Culture

6. Russian Culture Help and Information

7. Russian Culture-Culture of Russia

8. Russia – Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette

9. Russian Customs and Traditions

10. Russia Info Centre: History of Russian Literature


This Article is written by John C Arkin.


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