Russian Culture for travelers

Have you read any of the books listed here? Would you like to let others know what you thought of it? If so, please fill out a Book Review [form link] and I will add your comments. All of these book links open in a new window link in new window, so that you can continue to browse my bookstore while purchasing the books. A red diamond next to a book indicates that it has been added in the last month.

Russian Way: Aspects of Behavior, Attitudes, and Customs of the Russians Russian Way: Aspects of Behavior, Attitudes, and Customs of the Russians link in new window
by Zita Dabars, 2nd edition, published February 2002
"Aspects of behavior, attitudes, and customs of the Russians." Interesting look at another culture; much applies to the Kazakhs as well. Good to read on the plane trip there.

From Nyet to Da From Nyet to Da: Understanding the Russians link in new window
by Yale Richmond, 3rd edition, published November 2002
"..written both for people who engaged in transactions and interactions with Russians, whether inside or outside Russia, and whether business executives, professionals, educators, or students -- and anyone who may simply be seeking a way to make better sense out of the political and economic turmoil of today's Russia." (Midwest Book Review)

From Da to Yes From Da to Yes: Understanding the East Europeans link in new window
by Yale Richmond, published May 1995
"The cultural characteristics and behavioral patterns of Poles,Czechs and Slovaks, Hungarians, Balts, Romanians and Moldovans, Bulgarians,the South Slavs, Albanians, Belarusans, and Ukrainians. Written for first-time visitors who will be doing business, advising, consulting, studying, or merely traveling in the region."

Russia Survival Guide Russia Survival Guide 7th Edition: The Definitive Guide to Doing Business and Traveling link in new window
by Paul E. Richardson, published August 1997
"The definitive guide to independent travel and doing business in Russia. Now in its seventh edition, it includes loads of reference information, basic contact info (hotels, restaurants, hospitals, etc.) for over 80 Russian cities, plus information on everything from crime to communication to etiquette to in-country travel to business laws." This one is no longer available new from Barnes & Noble, but can be found in their authorized sellers stores.

Moscow at Your Door Culture Shock!: Moscow at Your Door link in new window
by Paul G. Wayne, et. al., published February 2002
"Whether you travel for business, pleasure, or a combination of the two, the ever-popular Culture Shock! series belongs in your backpack or briefcase. Get the nuts-and-bolts information you need to survive and thrive wherever you go. Culture Shock! country guides are easy-to-read, accurate, and entertaining crash courses in local customs and etiquette. Culture Shock! practical guides offer the inside information you need whether you're a student, a parent, a globetrotter, or a working traveler. Culture Shock! At Your Door guides equip you for daily life in some of the world's most cosmopolitan cities. And Culture Shock! Success Secrets guides offer relevant, practical information with the real-life insights and cultural know-how that can make the difference between business success and failure. Each Culture Shock! title is written by someone who's lived and worked in the country, and each book is packed with practical, accurate, and enjoyable information to help you find your way and feel at home."

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Culture Smart! Russia

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Culture Smart! Russia: A Quick Guide to Customs and Etiquette link in new window
by Mary Habbis, published October 2007
"Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships. Culture Smart! Russia offers illuminating insights into Russian culture and society. It will help you to turn your visit -- whether on business or for pleasure -- into a memorable and enriching experience."

Traveller's History of Russia

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by Peter Neville, published March 2006, 5th edition
"A Traveller's History of Russia gives a comprehensive survey of that country's past from the earliest times up to the era of 'perestroika' and the end of the Soviet Union, its devolution into 15 separate republics, the tragedy of the Chechen War, right through to the present."

Customs & Etiquette of Russia

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by Irene Slatter, published November 2006
"The Customs & Etiquette of Russia will help you: gain an insider feel to the place, feel 'at home' in the company of Russian people, avoid faux pas in conversation, in travelling, and in personal relationships."

Also look on the General Travel page for links to websites with etiquette hints.

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