Reading list | Russia

Across the Black Sea, Turkey’s northern neigbour has always felt close, and the tribes from the steppes, the Scythians, the Mongols, have flowed through both of them. It was Peter the Great who first wanted Russia to have a navy, and to this end he built St Petersburg and acquired ports in the Sea of Azov through two Russo-Turkish wars. The struggle for control of the waters between the two countries continues, though Cornucopia was pleased to be able to publish its major issue on Crimea (Cornucopia 42) just before travel was hindered by its annexation. Cultural exchanges and artistic endeavour belie these events. In 2012 “View of Constantinople,” by the 19th century Russian painter Ivan Aivazovsky, sold for 3.2 million pounds at Sotheby’s Orientalist Sale in London.

You are here:
Explore Russia
Also see Russia
Cornucopia Digital Subscription

Cornucopia Online

Cornucopia has joined forces with the digital publishing platform Exact Editions to offer individual and institutional subscribers unlimited access to a searchable archive of fascinating back issues and every newly published issue. This brand new resource is available cross-platform on web, iOS and Android and offers a comprehensive search function, allowing the title’s cultural content to be delved into at the touch of a button.

Digital Subscription: £18.99 / 1 year

Subscribe now

Print subscribers automatically receive FREE access to the digital archive. If you are already a subscriber, please register at with your subscriber account number or contact