'Russophobic' Western propaganda during WWII

Protoierei V. DEMIDOV

Russkaia zhizn v krivom zerkale inostrantsev

[Russian Life in the Crooked Mirror of Foreigners]

Publication: National Printing & Publishing Co., Niu-Iork, 1942.

Protoierei V. DEMIDOV, Russkaia zhizn v krivom zerkale inostrantsev

Against Western – but also Soviet – anti-Russian propaganda. By a military priest who first emigrated to Kharbin before the USA.

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A comprehensive study of the American and Western European ‘biassed’ and false interpretations of Russian history in academia and popular culture.

The author, archpriest Vasilii Demidov (1885-1951) presents a series of erroneous statements and curious situations inspired by ‘anti-Russian’ Western propaganda and later by the Soviet propaganda portraying tsarist Russia as an underdeveloped and barbaric state. Demidov was a military priest in the White Army in the Volga and Siberia during the Civil War; later he emigrated to Harbin and then to the US where he was a rector of many parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church and a professor at the Holy Trinity Theological Seminary in Jordanville.


Avenir Alexandrovich Nizoff (a pianist who lived in Edmonton, Canada, in the second half of the 20th century, and gathered a large, wide-ranging library of Russian works, especially covering art, émigré, literature and history).

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Large 8vo (23.5 x 15.5 cm). Title and 53 pp.


Publisher’s printed wrappers.


Spine lightly rubbed, corners a bit bumped, light soiling on wrappers; upper hinge and spine loosening, otherwise fresh internally.

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