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People must eat, even during wartime, preferably three times a day, civilians and soldiers, and of course children.
To study Russia before the late 19th century is to labour under a twofold handicap.
The genesis of this fine monograph occurred in a moment of confounding cultural confrontation when Christopher Ely first viewed Russian landscape painting of the nineteenth century. Perplexed, he jotted down a question for himself. Why, he asked, were these works so 'consciously unbeautiful'? Gazing at one dreary canvas after another, he wondered, 'What was this fascination with mud?' (p.