St Petersburg & Russia

Russia and St Petersburg in Literature


Balabnev, Vladimir (photos) and Kees Verheul (text), Amsterdam-Petersburg, Design-Galerie St Petersburg, 2003.

Kees Verheul: ‘Photos of cities seem always to be either like a souvenir, or like a dream while wide awake. The photos presented in this volume are mostly of the latter type, in my opinion. Even for someone who knows both Amsterdam and St Petersburg well, they are not intended to stimulate the reader’s memory or to recollect some association with a forgotten place.’

Bely, Andrej, Petersburg, Indiana 1979

Petersburg, 1905. On the eve of the collapse of Russia’s tsarist regime, a young rebel is ordered by a revolutionary group to kill his father, an aristocrat, in a bomb attack. In this magnificently description, Bely shows the chaos and absurdity of the politics of the early 20th century. (Fiction)

Bezemer, J. W., Een geschiedenis van Rusland. Van Rurik tot Brezjnev, Van Oorschot, Amsterdam 1988/1994.

Dutch history of Russia including a chapter added in 1994 on the fall of the Soviet Union.

Boele, Vincent, Sergej Androsov and Heleen van Ketwich Verschuur, Verzamelaars in Sint-Petersburg, Hermitage aan de Amstel / Waanders, Zwolle 1996.

Dutch catalogue of eponymous exhibition on collectors in St Petersburg.

Coppens, Thera, Marie Cornélie: dagboek van haar reis naar Sint-Petersburg 1824-1825, Meulenhoff, Amsterdam, 2003.

In 1824, a small procession of coaches wheeled out of the Royal Palace in Brussels and made its way through the German principalities to the court of Tsar Alexander I in St Petersburg. The travellers: Crown Prince Willem Frederik of Orange and his Russian consort Anna Pavlovna with their entourage. One of the ladies-in-waiting, the young Marie Cornélie, countess of Wassenaer Obdam, kept a copious diary, in secret.

Crankshaw, Edward, The Shadow of the Winter Palace: Russia’s Drift to Revolution 1825-1917, Viking Press, New York 1976.

Riveting chronological account of Russia under the last four tsars. Crankshaw describes how the Decembrist rebellion in 1825 laid the groundwork for the revolutions of 1917.

Detrez, Raymond, Rusland: een geschiedenis, Atlas, Amsterdam 2008.

Detrez, professor of Russian history at Ghent University, offers a historical survey from the early Slavs of the steppes to the election of Dmitri Medvedev. A clear, chronological account for a wide audience, with references to contacts between Russia and the Netherlands. (Dutch)

Driessen-Van het Reve, Jozien J., Tsaar Peter de Grote en zijn Amsterdamse vrienden, Amsterdam Historical Museum, Amsterdam 1996.

Catalogue accompanying the eponymous exhibition. (Dutch)

Driessen-Van het Reve, Jozien J., De Kunstkamera van Peter de Grote: de Hollandse inbreng, gereconstrueerd uit brieven van Albert Seba en Johann Daniel Schumacher uit de jaren 1711-1752, Verloren, Amsterdam 2006.

A few years ago a collection of letters was discovered in St Petersburg between Albert Seba, a pharmacist in Amsterdam, and the librarian of Tsar Peter the Great, Johann Daniel Schumacher. The letters provide a store of information about Peter’s purchases of natural history collections in Amsterdam, and form a remarkable testimony to Holland’s role as exporter of ideas and culture. (Dutch)

Dunmore, Helen, The Siege, Grove Press, 2002

It is 1941: Leningrad is surrounded by the German army. This legendary siege would continue for almost 900 days and cost over a million Russian lives. The city’s inhabitants struggled to endure the bitter cold and extreme hunger. One of them was the young Anna, who tries to keep her young brother alive, whatever it takes. (Fiction)

Engberts, Egbert, Herinneringen aan Rusland, Athenaeum-Polak & Van Gennep, Amsterdam 2004.

Egbert Engberts – grandfather of the Dutch writer Toon Tellegen - was born in St Petersburg in 1875. He remained there until 1918, when he fled with his family to escape the Russian Revolution. They settled in Vriezenveen in Twente, where Engberts's parents originated. Engberts found it hard to adjust to life in Holland. Ten years later he recorded his memories of Russia before the revolution. (Dutch)

d’Hamecourt, Peter, Petersburg. Paradijs in het moeras, Conserve, Amsterdam 2008.

Tsar Peter the Great forced his subjects literally to help build his European capital of St Petersburg. Palaces, churches and boulevards crisscrossed his Amsterdam-style lay-out. Behind the scenes, resistance to this European growth on Russian soil continued to fester. That the city still stands is a miracle.

Gorbatenko, Sergey, New Amsterdam. St Petersburg and Architectural Images of the Netherlands, Russisch Archief Centrum, 2003.

Architectural historian Gorbatenko describes Peter the Great’s dream of building a new Amsterdam on the River Neva. Supported by systematic archive research, the author shows what motivated the Russian tsar to take Amsterdam as his model and explores the traces of Dutch buildings, parks and palaces in St Petersburg.

Holtrop P.N., G. Brinkman and Th.J.S. van Staalduine, Hervormd in Sint-Petersburg, Boekencentrum, 2000.

Discussion of the history of the Dutch Reformed church in St Petersburg 1717-1927. (Dutch)

Meeuwse, Karina, De Ruslui. Nederlanders in Sint-Petersburg 1720 -1920, Pegasus, Amsterdam 2007.

History of the tradesmen from Vriezenveen in Russia, from the late 17th century to the Russian Revolution of 1917. Originally published in 1996 to accompany an eponymous dramatised documentary. (Dutch)

Nenashev, Vladimir, Peter de Grote gaat naar het Westen, Benerus, Antwerpen 2003.

To mark the 300 anniversary of St Petersburg, Russian artist Vladimir Nenashev drew a series of about Tsar Peter the Great’s historical visit to the West in 1697-1698.

Oudard, Georges, Peter the Great, Kessinger Publishing, 2005.

Standard biography of Peter I the Great.

Peter de Grote en Holland. Culturele en wetenschappelijke betrekkingen tussen Rusland en Nederland ten tijde van tsaar Peter de Grote, Thoth, Amsterdam 1996.

Exhibition catalogue about the Kunstkammer and Peter the Great’s collection featuring 250 objects. (Dutch)

Tellegen, Toon, De trein naar Pavlovsk en Oostvoorne, Querido, Amsterdam 2002.

‘In Holland you’re Russian; in Russia, Dutch. You find yourself gripped by two cultures, that exist side by side,’ complained Egberts Engberts long ago. Engberts’s grandson Toon Tellegen wrote up the stories that his Russian grandfather told him. (Dutch)

The Romanov Dynasty, State Museum the Hermitage, St Petersburg 2006.

Survey of members of the Romanov dynasty.

Tsaren tronen op het Loo. Schatten uit Paleis Peterhof van Peter de Grote tot Nicolaas II, Het Loo Palace, Apeldoorn 1996.

Catalogue accompanying the eponymous exhibition about Peterhof, the summer palace of the Russian tsars outside St Petersburg. (Dutch)

Vrieze, John and Irina Artemeva, Catharina, de keizerin en de kunsten: uit de schatkamers van de Hermitage, Waanders, Zwolle 1996.

Catalogue accompanying the eponymous exhibition at Amsterdam’s New Church.

Waegemans, E. and H. van Koningsbrugge, Noord- en Zuid-Nederlanders in Rusland 1703-2003, Baltic Studies, 2004

Articles by various authors about three centuries of contact between the Low Countries and Russia.

Waegemans, Emmanuel (ed.), Alexandr Nikolaevitsj Radisjev, Reis van Petersburg naar Moskou, Benerus, Antwerp 2004 (originally 1790)

Critical travelogue detailing social ills in the Russian empire during the reign of Catharine II. (Dutch)

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