Glorious Misadventures



The Russian Empire Once Extended Deep Into America In 1818 Russia S Furthest Outposts Were In California And Hawaii The Dreamer Behind This Great Imperial Vision Was Nikolai Rezanov Diplomat, Adventurer, Courtier, Millionaire And Gambler His Quest To Plant Russian Colonies From Siberia To California Led Him To San Francisco, Where He Was Captivated By Conchita, The Fifteen Year Old Daughter Of The Spanish Governor, Who Embodied His Dreams Of Both Love And Empire From The Glittering Court Of Catherine The Great To The Wilds Of The New World, Matthews Conjures A Brilliantly Original Portrait Of One Of Russia S Most Eccentric Empire Builders.Glorious Misadventures

Owen Matthews is a British writer, historian and journalist His first book, Stalin s Children, was shortlisted for the 2008 Guardian First Books Award, 1 the Orwell Prize for political writing, 2 and France s Prix Medicis Etranger 3 His books have been translated into 28 languages He is a former Moscow and Istanbul Bureau Chief for Newsweek Magazine Matthews has lectured on Russian history a Owen Matthews is a British writer, historian and journalist His first book, Stalin s Children, was shortlisted for the 2008 Guardian First Books Award, 1 the Orwell Prize for political writing, 2 and France s Prix Medicis Etranger 3 His books have been translated into 28 languages He is a former Moscow and Istanbul Bureau Chief for Newsweek Magazine Matthews has lectured on Russian history and politics at Columbia University s Harriman Centre, 4 St Antony s College Oxford, 5 and the Journalism Faculty of Moscow State University

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  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • Glorious Misadventures
  • Owen Matthews
  • English
  • 06 April 2018
  • 1620402394

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    What a great story, and what a great research effort, and what great writing I loved every minute of this book, which gives insight into a period of California and West Coast history that is mostly unknown to us, but very well known in Russia It gives insight into Catherine the Great, Paul, and Alexander War and Peace It actually manages by the end to give a lot of insight into modern Russia, rock operas and reconstructed monuments to a murky past and all As a San Franciscan, I can t hel What a great story, and what a great research effort, and what great writing I loved every minute of this book, which gives insight into a period of California and West Coast history that is mostly unknown to us, but very well known in Russia It gives insight into Catherine the Great, Paul, and A...

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    A lot of people seem to have liked this book It just didn t flow for me it seemed stale with no voice Everything seemed flat and forced into a narrative that didn t quite flow Then there was the error that made me question so much about the rest of the book On page 311 he states that the purchase of Alaska was held up because the US congress was busy attemting to impeach President...

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    Glorious Misadventures is one of modern history sremarkable tales, well told Nikolai Rezanov s career stretched from Catherine the Great s palace to the presidio of San Francisco, with adventures across Siberia, confinement in Japan, and starvation in Russian Alaska along the way Matthews uses Rezanov to tell the larger story of Russia s failed American empire, hinting at some classic what ifs Russia, as Matthews puts it, never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity in America Glorious Misadventures is one of modern history sremarkable tales, well told Nikolai Rezanov s career stretched from Catherine the Great s palace to the presidio of San Francisco, with adventures across Siberia, confinement in Japan, and starvation in Russian Alaska along the way Matthews uses Rezanov to tell the larger story of Russia s failed American empire, hinting at some classic what ifs Russia, as Matthews puts it, never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity in America Rezanov was a uniquely Russian character dreamer, explorer, schemer, pathological liar perhaps not least to himself impulsive, melodramatic, foresighted, half feudal and half modern Rezanov is best known for having wooed Spanish California s greatest beauty,...

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    A rollicking great adventure, but also a depressing recitation of incompetance, drunkeness, brutatlity and deceit by people who were way out of their depth The author did a wonderful job of researching this true story, and spent years with the original documents of the actual protagonists that were involved I really liked the way he tied in so much of what was being done as just what was normal for that time in Ru...

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    An interesting story of Russian attempts to colonize Alaska and the entire western coast of North America by Nikolai Rezanov a Russian nobleman, who also attempted to set up the commercial links with Japan.Nikolai Rezanov was one of the founders of the Russian American Company a state sponsored chartered company to establish new settlements in Russian America The tsar Aleksander I commissioned Rezanov as Russian ambassador to Japan to conclude a commercial treaty In order to get there, he An interesting story of Russian attempts to colonize Alaska and the entire western coast of North America by Nikolai Rezanov a Russian nobleman, who also attempted to set up the commercial links with Japan.Nikolai Rezanov was one of the founders of the Russian American Company a state sponsored chartered company to establish new settlements in Russian America The tsar Aleksander I commissioned Rezanov as Russian ambassador to Japan to conclude a commercial treaty In order to get there, he was appointed co commander of the First Russian circumnavigation 1803 1806 , led by Adam Johann ...

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    Great book Really goes into great depth on the roots of expansion of the West Coast and Northwest by Spanish Russian Empires Author keeps the book fresh with interesting insight on each of the characters A number of interesting things learned including Count Fyodor Ivanovich Tolstoy, cousin to the famous author, had such poor behavior unruly with captain crew, gambling, stealing, almost always drunk, always challenging men to duels was good at that though , a hot temper, and e Great book Really goes into great depth on the roots of expansion of the West Coast and Northwest by Spanish Russian Empires Author keeps the book fresh with interesting insight on each of the characters A number of interesting things learned including...

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    The Russian Empire once extended deep into America in 1818 Russia s furthest outposts were in California and Hawaii The dreamer behind this great Imperial vision was Nikolai Rezanov Deep into America The Russian American Company s settlements were all perched on the very coast of America, not what I would call deep But we ll leave that aside and deal with the description of Rezanov as a dreamer, which the author seemed to believe despite the evaluation of most of Rezanov s contempora The Russian Empire once extended deep into America in 1818 Russia s furthest outposts were in California and Hawaii The dreamer behind this great Imperial vision was Nikolai Rezanov Deep into America The Russian American Company s settlements were all perched on the very coast of America, not what I would call deep But we ll leave that aside and deal with the description of Rezanov as a dreamer, which the author seemed to believe despite the evaluation of most of Rezanov s contemporaries To be fair, the author spent two years poring over Rezanov s writings, which surely included some journals, but appear to have been dominated by his letters and reports And it is precisely the dominance and certain in...

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    Nikolai Rezanov s story is not well known in Europe outside of Russia, and what initially attracted me to this book was the prospect of reading about Russia s attempt to colonise North America from the west That story does feature, but the book is a biography of Rezanov rather than a history of Russian America Rezanov is though a difficult subject for a biographer Although at times courageous and far sighted, the latter characteristic could spill over into simple dreaming, and he was also a s Nikolai Rezanov s story is not well known in Europe outside of Russia, and what initially attracted me to this book was the prospect of reading about Russia s attempt to colonise North America from the west That story does feature, but the book is a biography of Rezanov rather than a history of Russian America Rezanov is though a difficult subject for a biographer Although at times courageous and far sighted, the latter characteristic could spill over into simple dreaming, and he was also a shameless liar and a martinet with a volcanic temper That said, he did lead a remarkable life An ambitious palace courtier, he married into a merchant family made wealthy by the Siberian and Alaskan fur trade took part in Russia s first round the world expedition was sent as ambassador to Japan to try to break that country s self imposed isolation a task for which he was completely unsuited sailed as far as San Francisco to extend Russia s North American territorie...

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