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Old August 2nd, 2009, 07:04 PM   #1
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I will be going to Russia with my college study abroad program to spend 4 months studying in St. Petersburg, Russia starting in january. I was wondering if anyone could provide me with some titles that discuss russian history, etiquette, culture, etc. in detail. Or, if anyone could provide me with some useful information (I will be taking russian 101 before leaving so I can get some basics of the language, when I say basics I mean very basic stuff).

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Old August 2nd, 2009, 11:19 PM   #2

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You should talk about the Kremlin and all the Tzars like Ivan the Terrible.
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Old August 3rd, 2009, 02:37 AM   #3
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Based on what I have heard from several visitors of Russia: Drink as much vodka as you can (in fact, more than you can) few nights before leaving, so you don't come there completely unprepared.
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There's much history in Russia.
First by going in St. Petersburg be aware thats the former Leningrad, a city that withstood the nazi siege, so i bet there are many world war 2 memorials and museums.
Russia have an old history, culture is slavic, and religion orthodox, also St. Petersburg is the capital of the Russian empire, so i guess many buildings are left from that period, so as Optiow said its good to ask about the russian tzars. The monoment of Catherina II is in St. Petersburg, by the way St. Petersburg is named after Peter the Great, a notable tzar for Russia, so you should check it out.
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Old August 3rd, 2009, 05:42 AM   #5

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I will be going to Russia with my college study abroad program to spend 4 months studying in St. Petersburg, Russia starting in january. I was wondering if anyone could provide me with some titles that discuss russian history, etiquette, culture, etc. in detail. Or, if anyone could provide me with some useful information (I will be taking russian 101 before leaving so I can get some basics of the language, when I say basics I mean very basic stuff).

Thanks in advance guys.
St.Petersburg is history in every stone. There are museums and monuments, architecture and parks. There is the Winter Palace (Hermitage), the State Russian Museum, and countless others. There is the Peter-Paul Fort on an island where all the Tsars and families are buried, and there is a famous church there. Around St.Petersburg there is the town of Pushkin, the lycee where Pushkin studied and the Palaces there - wonderful museums of Russian history. There is Peterhoff with its palace and grander-than-Versaille golden fountains.

There are the Summer gardens, the palaces of the princes and noblility, the cathedrals, the Spas-na-Krovy (something like saviour) church that was reconstructed during more than 8 years. There is the long Nevsky boulevard, along which rides and walks were taken (like in Hide park in London). There is the Academy of Arts and the University on the other bank of the Neva.

The Neva is a very formidable river and will be frozen solid. There may be tours to the Ladoga lake, after the route that aid was being sent to Leningrad during the 900-day blockade. They were many times bombed and sank.
Finland is very close, and there is a Finnish monastery on an island in dispute in the Ladoga. And in the spring you will see the breaking of the ice, which is a terrifying spectacle.

No shortage of history, dear.
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wow vera you make it sound really beautiful. How cold does it get there, compared to say a Canadian winter (-30's F on occasion).
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Wasn't there a famous battle on that river Neva, where Alexander Nevsky's army have beaten the swedes knights ?
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grunwald perhaps?
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Wasn't there a famous battle on that river Neva, where Alexander Nevsky's army have beaten the swedes knights ?
Yes, in 1240 there was a battle on the Neva river, at the place where the river Izhora flows into the Neva. This battle prevented the Sweds from taking the baltic and the Finnish bay. Some think that it is why Alexandr is called Nevsky, some say his family were Nevsky's for generations and this only strengthened their claim on the name.

There was another great battle with Swedes and Germans he fought in early spring 1242, on lake Chudskoy, at the Raven Boulder. This is called "Ledovoe Poboische", that is the Ice Battle. A greatly revered Novgorod and Vladimir prince he was, made a saint by orthodox church.
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nope, The battle of the Neva....duh.
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