By Yale Richmond
Like previous variations, the hot ''From Nyet to Da'' illuminates the dynamics of conventional Russian tradition within the framework of up to date occasions. With a brand new preface, a very rewritten 'Whither Russia' bankruptcy and updates and revisions all through, ''From Nyet to Da'' enlightens readers approximately nearly each element of Russian existence, overlaying social and interpersonal talents in addition to the underlying cultural assumptions and values of the Russian humans. enterprise executives, educators, scholars, governmental or non-governmental officers will achieve new insights from this sympathetic but even-handed remedy of the Russian humans. Richmond has a expertise for target, transparent and balanced writing. He weaves Russian cultural habit with historic reference and modern day anecdotes in one of these approach as to make studying approximately those interesting and passionate humans an stress-free experience.Five significant sections support to outline the Russian tradition: 'Geography and tradition' locations Russian tradition within the framework of the geographic and ancient forces that experience formed it; 'Culture and personality' describes the Russian character; 'State and Society' explains the post-Soviet socio-political procedure; 'Personal Encounters' identifies key habit styles a customer will come across; and, 'Negotiating with Russians' presents a advisor to negotiating a three way partnership or a freelance.
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Tsarist Russia encouraged the mir because it served as a form of state control over the peasants and facilitated tax collection and military conscription. Because the mir affected so many people, and for such a long time, it played a major role in forming the Russian character. 18 As Lev Tikhomirov—appropriately, with a mir in the middle of his name—wrote in 1888, “The Great Russian cannot imagine a life outside his society, outside the mir. . The Great Russian says: ‘The mir is a fine fellow, I will not desert the mir.
The commune is considered alien (unless Native Americans, who also lived a communal lifestyle, are considered). To Russians, the commune is native. Individualism is esteemed in the West, but in Russian the word has a pejorative meaning. Steeped in the heritage of the mir, Russians think of themselves as members of a community rather than as individuals. Communal spirit helps to explain many of their characteristics—behavior in crowds, for example. Physical contact with complete strangers—anathema to Americans and West Europeans—does not bother Russians.
Politeness takes different forms in different societies, and behavior in crowds can vary. A crowd of passengers attempting to board a ship in Odessa in the early 1960s caught the attention of British traveler Laurens van der Post. A ship’s officer stood on the quay collecting tickets at the gangway. The crowd pushed and jostled but never lost its temper. Although it shouted at the officer and elbowed him out of the way, he did not appear irritated, nor did he attempt to call them to order. qxd 9/9/08 7:37 AM Page 16 FROM NYET TO DA crowd’s persistent jostling, had lost their tempers and lashed out angrily at everyone near them.