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Author Usitalo, Steven A.

Title The invention of Mikhail Lomonosov : a Russian national myth / Steven A. Usitalo.

Publication Info. Brighton, Massachusetts : Academic Studies Press, 2013.


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Description 1 online resource (298 pages) : illustrations.
Series Imperial encounters in Russian history
Imperial encounters in Russian history.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-289) and index.
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Contents Introduction -- 1. Honor and status in Lemonosov's 'autobiography' -- 2. Russia's 'own Platos and quick-witted Newtons' : inventing the scientist -- 3. Lomonosov in the age of Pushkin -- 4. Commemorating Russia's 'first scientist' -- 5. Boris Menshutkin and the 'rediscovery' of Lomonosov -- Epilogue : afterlife of the myth.
Summary This study explores the evolution of Lomonosov's imposing stature in Russian thought from the middle of the eighteenth century to the closing years of the Soviet period. It reveals much about the intersection in Russian culture of attitudes towards the meaning and significance of science, as well as about the rise of a Russian national identity, of which Lomonosov became an outstanding symbol. Idealized depictions of Lomonosov were employed by Russian scientists, historians, and poets, among others, in efforts to affirm to their countrymen and to the state the pragmatic advantages of science to a modernizing nation. In setting forth this assumption, Usitalo notes that no sharply drawn division can be upheld between the utilization of the myth of Lomonosov during the Soviet period of Russian history and that which characterized earlier views. The main elements that formed the mythology were laid down in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; Soviet scholars simply added more exaggerated layers to existing representations -- Provided by Publisher.
Subject Lomonosov, Mikhail Vasilʹevich, 1711-1765.
Lomonosov, Mikhail Vasilʹevich, 1711-1765. (OCoLC)fst00055038
Lomonosov, Michail Vasilʹevič 1711-1765. (DE-601)06022326X
Authors, Russian -- 18th century -- Biography.
Enlightenment -- Russia.
Russian literature -- 18th century.
Science -- Russia -- 18th century.
Russia -- Civilization -- 18th century.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Science & Technology.
SCIENCE -- History.
Authors, Russian. (OCoLC)fst00822302
Civilization. (OCoLC)fst00862898
Enlightenment. (OCoLC)fst00912527
Russian literature. (OCoLC)fst01102312
Science. (OCoLC)fst01108176
Russia. (OCoLC)fst01207312
Rezeption. (DE-601)104675152
Intellektuellt liv.
HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union.
Chronological Term 1700-1799
Genre/Form Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Added Author Marker, Gary, 1948- series editor.
Other Form: Print version: Usitalo, Steven A. Invention of Mikhail Lomonosov 9781618111739 (OCoLC)858867927
ISBN 9781618111951 (electronic bk.)
1618111957 (electronic bk.)
1299954251 (electronic bk.)
9781299954250 (electronic bk.)
9781618116727 (electronic bk.)
161811672X (electronic bk.)
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