BASEES Annual Conference 2022

Russian cultural societies in Britain (1890–1920): What did they promote?

Fri8  Apr04:40pm(20 mins)
Umney Lounge


Anna Maslenova


My focus is Russian cultural societies which emerged at the turn of the 19th century in the British Empire. My paper explores how these organisations – the activities of which are reflected in the periodicals that they published – promoted Russian literature among English-speaking audiences. My other interest is the evasive non-cultural aims of these societies, i.e., the search for political and economic power which their leaders sought to obtain via these activities. I analyse how holding these secondary stakes in the promotion of Russian culture influenced the interest in Russia and the development of both Russophobia and Russophilia in Britain.