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KIEV: A PORTRAIT, 1800-1917., Hamm, Michael F.

Author Name    Hamm, Michael F.

Title   KIEV: A PORTRAIT, 1800-1917.

Binding   Hard Cover

Book Condition   Near Fine

Jacket Condition   Near Fine

Edition   Third Printing

Publisher   Princeton, New Jersey Princeton University Press 1993

ISBN Number    069103253X / 9780691032535

Seller ID   24585

304 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w map, photographs, reproductions. "Although Kiev remained an important religious, educational, and trade center after its destruction by the Mongols in 1240, it did not recover the splendor or significance it had enjoyed in earlier times. Even at the beginning of the nineteenth century, one visitor described Kiev as little more than three barely connected settlements - Podil, Pechersk, and High City - each 'village-like' in appearance. 'Kiev,' he asserted, 'could barely be called a city at all'. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, however, Kiev grew from a community of about twenty thousand inhabitants into a major metropolis of more than six hundred thousand people. Drawing on a wide variety of previously unexamined sources, (the author) tells the story of the city's transformation and renascence during these decades of exceptional growth. Although late-imperial Kiev became an important center of Russian culture and authority, the city's population included thousands of Ukrainians, Poles, and Jews. Hamm vividly describes the character of Kiev's major ethnic groups, the conflicts among them, and the contributions of each to the city's history and culture. He addresses a variety of political issues - the attempts by local burghers to defend the autonomy granted them in medieval times, for example - but devotes particular attention to the development of Kiev's revolutionary movement, the upheavals of 1905, and the city's pogroms. (He) also examines Kiev's recreational and artistic life and provides fascinating insights into what it was like to live in one of Imperial Russia's largest and most important cities." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light soiling marks along top edge of front board. Dust jacket has some minor wrinkling at top edge, very tiny dint on front panel.

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