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'By the Banks of the Neva'
Chapters from the Lives and Careers of the British in Eighteenth-Century Russia


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  • Date Published: August 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521039031

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  • This 1996 book offers a fascinating investigation into the lives and careers of the British in eighteenth-century Russia and, more specifically, into the development of a vibrant British community in St Petersburg during the city's first century of existence as the new capital of an ever-expanding Russian empire. Based on an extremely wide range of primary sources from Britain and Russia, the book concentrates on the activities of the British within various fields such as commerce, the navy, the medical profession, science and technology, and the arts and ends with a broad survey of travellers and of travel literature, much of which is nowadays completely unknown. Also included are many attractive and unusual illustrations which help to demonstrate the variety and character of Russia's British community.

    • Makes a valuable contribution to the social history of an important and unusual expatriate community
    • Contains a wide range of subject matter
    • Includes new textual and illustrative material
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    • Winner of the Alec Nove Prize for the best work by a British Slavist in 1997

    Reviews & endorsements

    'By the Banks of the Neva … is soundly researched in numerous archives in Russia, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Many of its subjects were previously not just forgotten but even hidden from the eyes of less resourceful researchers than Anthony Cross.' The Times Literary Supplement

    'The book can be enjoyed as a series of colourful case studies which relate to various aspects of cultural, scientific and economic history, but it also adds to the wider debate about the nature of Russia's relationship to the west, striking a contemporary note in its engagement with questions of the transfer of technical 'know-how' and European integration.' History

    '… this is a work of prodigious scholarship and unquestioned accomplishment that gives us the first comprehensive study of the lives, careers, and interconnections of a group uniquely important in Russia's development.' Modern Europe

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521039031
    • length: 492 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.78kg
    • contains: 44 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Note on Russian dates
    1. The colony by the banks of the Neva
    2. Factory matters and 'the honourable of the Earth'
    3. 'In Anglorum templo': the English Church and its chaplains
    4. 'Doctors are scarce and generally Scotch'
    5. 'Sur le pied anglais': shipbuilders and officers in the Russian navy
    6. 'Necessary foreigners': specialists and craftsmen in Russian service
    7. Masters of the Arts
    8. 'Out of curiosity': tourists and visitors

  • Author

    Anthony Cross, University of Cambridge


    • Winner of the Alec Nove Prize for the best work by a British Slavist in 1997

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