This section contains information for those who would like to learn more about Russia and Russian culture. The Glossary provides definitions of Russian words used in The Face of Russia television programs. The Bibliography and the Web links list additional sources of information, including maps and works of art. For teachers there are Lesson Plans for elementary through high school grades. And finally, for a bit of added interest, visitors can view the Cyrillic alphabet and find out about its origins.

Companion book

The Face of Russia, by Dr. James H. Billington

A sweeping new analysis from the U.S. Librarian of Congress and preeminent expert on Russian culture.

When the Soviet communist empire was overthrown by the Russians themselves in August 1991, the change was more clearly anticipated by humanistic students of creativity than by economic and political scientists surrounded by statistics and information. Does the Russian patten of creativity provide any hints as to how the Russians might solve problems today? Having borrowed the democratic political model of their erstwhile American enemy, will they be able to create a distinctive Russian variant that can endure? Or will they end up destroying their own experiement at accountable, constitutional government and returning to their long traditional of authoritarianism.

The Face of Russia addresses these questions. This is a dazzling and forward-looking history of the Russian people as told through their art—form one of the world’s great experts on Russian culture. The story covers 800 years of Russian creativity, and introduces us to the new art forms that burst onto the Russian scene, and became the vehicles for expressing the creative aspirations of an age as well as the enduring Russian quest to find salvation and entertainment in art.

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Discussion Guide

For use in both formal and informal educational settings Available free of charge while supplies last from WETA, Educational Services & Outreach, 2775 South Quincy St., Arlington, VA 22206, or call 703-998-2827.

Russian Life Magazine
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Russian Life magazine is the 41-year-old monthly magazine on Russian culture, history, travel and life. Published in English for Russophiles around the world, Russian Life is full of great color photography and intriguing feature stories—it is “a monthly trip to the heart of Russian reality.” Sample stories online and/or subscribe (which also automatically enters you in a drawing for a free round-trip ticket to Russia on Lufthansa!).

The June/July 1998 issue contains an article on Ferapontova and the frescoes of Dionysus, which are featured in the Interactive Timeline of The Face of Russia website.

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