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CultureShock! Russia

Book Description

CultureShock! Russia is the all-essential guide to help you understand and integrate into the largest country in the world. Discover how Russia's political and cultural histories and other influences have shaped the country and its people. Learn about the values, attitudes and lifestyle of the Russians and how you can avoid cultural and social pitfalls and adjust to the Russian way of life. This insightful book provides useful advice on practical matters such as how to set up home, what to expect from the work environment, how Russians view punctuality, where to shop and even tips on learning the language. The book also highlights the best in Russian cuisine and the rich variety of leisure activities. CultureShock! Russia is a must-read for anyone new to this wonderful and sometimes bewildering land and will pave the way for a pleasant and fulfilling stay.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Map of Russia
  9. Chapter 1: First Impressions
    1. The Mysterious Russian Soul
    2. Acquaintance with Russia at Home
    3. Arriving in Russia
    4. First Impressions
  10. Chapter 2: Overview of Land and History
    1. The Russian Regions: Unity in Diversity
    2. Moscow—the Heart of Russia
    3. Saint Petersburg
    4. The Russian Village
    5. The Peculiarities of the Russian State
    6. ‘Master of the Russian Land’
    7. The Baptism of Russia
    8. The Role of Religion in Russian Life
    9. Different Views of Russia’s Development
    10. Russia Between the East and the West
    11. The Attitude of Russians to the Outside World
    12. Russia and the Rest of the World
  11. Chapter 3: The National Character
    1. The Russian Character Viewed from Outside
    2. Modern Western Guidebooks to Russia
    3. Collectivism
    4. The Attitude to Money and Riches
    5. The Attitude to the Law
    6. The Attitude to Time
    7. Spoken and Written Word
    8. Main Features of the Russian Character
  12. Chapter 4: Traditions of Social Intercourse
    1. Interaction with Friends and Colleagues
    2. The Attitude to Women
    3. Fashion and the Attitude Towards It
    4. The Attitude to Foreigners
    5. What Shall We Talk About?
    6. Social Traditions and Etiquette
    7. Alternative Lifestyle
  13. Chapter 5: Settling In
    1. Formalities
    2. Home and Family
    3. Living in Russia
    4. Specific Features of Everyday Life
    5. Education
    6. Financial Matters
    7. Health
    8. Shops and Purchases
    9. Transportation
    10. Means of Communication
    11. Tips for Foreigners in Russia
  14. Chapter 6: The Russian Feast
    1. The Traditions of Russian Hospitality
    2. Eating Habits
    3. Banquets and Business Receptions
    4. An Invitation to a Russian Home
    5. Restaurants and Other Public Eating Places
    6. Traditional Russian Cuisine
    7. Drinks
    8. Russian Tea Drinking
  15. Chapter 7: Culture and Travel
    1. The Russian Culture
    2. The Russian Holidays
    3. Travelling in Russia
    4. Places of Interest
    5. Sights
    6. Souvenirs
    7. Free Time
  16. Chapter 8: Learning the Language
    1. The Russian Language
    2. Russian as a Language of Intercultural Communication
    3. The Russian Alphabet
    4. Learning Russian
    5. Addressing in Russian
    6. Non-verbal Communication
  17. Chapter 9: Business in Russia
    1. The Russian Businessman
    2. Business Etiquette
    3. Best Time for a Visit
    4. Business Negotiations
    5. The Main Features of Russian Business
  18. Chapter 10: Fast Facts on Russia
    1. Famous People
    2. Acronyms
  19. Culture Quiz
  20. Do’s and Don’ts
  21. Glossary
  22. Resource Guide
  23. Further Reading
  24. About the Author
  25. Index