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Russian Archiitecture and the West

by Dmitri Schwidkovsky

Just as Russian philosophy developed in an indigenous hothouse, occasionally pollinated with outside, Western ideas, so did the development of Russian architecture proceed in this organic style, periodically injected with bits of Romanticism, the Baroque and Modernism.

Shvidkovsky, one of Russia’s leading architectural experts, traces foreign influences in Russian construction back over a thousand years, sys tematizing Russian styles and schools into an understandable, convincing progression. The photography by Yekaterina Shorban, however, combines with the text to make this a museum piece in its own right, preserving in several hundred pages the wealth and beauty of ten centuries of Russian architecture.

— Paul E. Richardson

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Reviewed in Russian Life: July/August 2007