Recollections of Imperial Russia

Meriel BUCHANAN (1886 - 1959)

In this memoir, Meriel Buchanan (9-5-1886 to 2-6-1959) links the history of Russia to powerful, lingering memories of her years living there. She was the daughter of the man who turned out to be the last British ambassador to Imperial Russia. As a young adult, in her role as the ambassador’s daughter, she had regular access to the court of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, providing her with unusual experiences and impressions. She describes first hand the sights, sounds, and some of the activities she remembers from this elevated and sheltered vantage point. The family left Russia in 1918, and the author’s memories are filled with nostalgia and longing for the Russia she experienced. - Summary by Jan M.

Genre(s): Social Science (Culture & Anthropology), Memoirs

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 First Impressions Jan Moorehouse
00:22:10
Play 02 Society Jan Moorehouse
00:20:06
Play 03 The Court of Russia Jan Moorehouse
00:33:42
Play 04 Peter the Great Jan Moorehouse
00:34:26
Play 05 Catherine: Grand Duchess! Jan Moorehouse
00:38:20
Play 06 Catherine: Empress! Jan Moorehouse
00:52:39
Play 07 Paul Jan Moorehouse
00:40:56
Play 08 The Mother of Russian Cities Jan Moorehouse
00:43:26
Play 09 Moscow: Ivan the Terrible Jan Moorehouse
00:35:37
Play 10 The Legend of the False Dimitri Jan Moorehouse
00:29:17
Play 11 Other Memories of Moscow Jan Moorehouse
00:29:34
Play 12 The Shores of the Black Sea Jan Moorehouse
00:27:14
Play 13 The Cossacks Jan Moorehouse
00:28:38
Play 14 Religion, Mysticism, Melody and Color Jan Moorehouse
00:33:09
Play 15 The Spirit of Bolshevism Jan Moorehouse
00:28:48