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Speak Clearly Into the Chandelier : Cultural Politics between Britain and Russia 1973-2000 - John C.Q. Roberts

Speak Clearly Into the Chandelier

Cultural Politics between Britain and Russia 1973-2000

Hardcover Published: 29th March 2000
ISBN: 9780700712960
Number Of Pages: 272

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This book provides a unique view of British-Russian relations during the last fifteen years of the Soviet regime and thereafter into the post-communist era. As Director of a Foreign-Office-funded organisation promoting professional, intellectual and cultural contacts between Britain and Russia, Roberts earned the trust of leading figures in both countries. At the same time he had to maintain cross-party support in Parliament and the confidence of his Whitehall paymasters. These last occasionally proved as obstructive as the Soviet organisations - all opposed to unfettered contact with western people and ideas - with which he had to maintain a modus operandi. Undeterred by Cold War rhetoric, the author contrived to break down barriers and to earn the trust and gratitude of writers, musicians, theatre and film directors, scientists and even politicians. This is their eye-witness history, no less than his.

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'This is an excellent book, and I warmly commend it to all those who are interested in the development of cultural contacts between Britain and the Soviet Union during the height, and decline, of the Cold War.' - Lord Wright of Richmond, Postmaster and Merton College Record

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Introductionp. 1
Initiationp. 7
Portrait of a Soviet Cultural Attachep. 19
Conferences at Cross-purposesp. 37
Two Festivalsp. 56
A Tale of Two Spasp. 64
Scenes from Theatre Life (1)p. 83
Musical Interludep. 96
Scenes from Theatre Life (2)p. 105
Writers' Ritesp. 129
On Screenp. 182
Harold Wilson for Presidentp. 195
Two More Festivalsp. 205
Taking Hold of Changep. 214
End of an Erap. 229
Afterwordp. 236
Chronologyp. 240
Moscow Journal - 29 March to 1 April 1982p. 244
Letter from Michael Frayn to the Authorp. 252
Exchange of Letters between the Author and Sir Isaiah Berlinp. 256
Letter from the Author to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committeep. 258
Indexp. 260
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ISBN: 9780700712960
ISBN-10: 0700712968
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 29th March 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.2  x 2.11
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1

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