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By Catriona Kelly

Refining Russia is a pioneering learn of the advance of recommendation literature ("how-to" books corresponding to etiquette manuals and brochures on hygiene) in Russia, and of its reception and wider cultural which means. An soaking up and unique workout in "history of the book," it's also an important contribution to the certainty of Russia's courting with the West, and of the cultural international inhabited by way of the Russian intelligentsia.

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