Muscovy: Russia through Foreign Eyes, 1553-1900 (PDF)

The US Library of Congress Archives

Is your journey really necessary, as they used to ask us rn the Second World? Not the journeys of the foreign visitors to Russia-they had their reasons for them-but our journey into the past to accompany them? I think it is. Many of the earlier travellers impart the excitement they felt in their discovery of an unknown country and their narratives can be read with the sort of pleasure that RobinsonC rusoea nd Gulliver's Traoels still give. They saw Muscory with the eyes of children to whom
everything new and surprising is equally significant: black or white, repulsive or attractive. Every detail is concrete and sharp.


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