New publication: Anthony Cross, In the Lands of the Romanovs

In the Lands of the Romanovs: An Annotated Bibliography of First-hand English-language Accounts of the Russian Empire (1613-1917), by Professor Anthony Cross, from OpenBook Publishers, available to read here.

The most comprehensive bibliography of first-hand accounts of the Russian Empire ever to be published, In the Lands of the Romanovs is the product of years of painstaking research by one of the world’s foremost authorities on Anglo-Russian relations. Providing full bibliographical details and concise, informative annotation for over 1200 titles, this volume will be an invaluable reference and research tool for anyone with an interest in contacts between Russia and the West during the centuries of Romanov rule.

Ranging chronologically from the accession of Mikhail Fedorovich in 1613 to the abdication of Nicholas II in 1917, this ambitious and wide-ranging work includes personal records of residence in or visits to Russia by writers ranging from diplomats to merchants, physicians to clergymen, gardeners to governesses, as well as by participants in the French invasion of 1812 and in the Crimean War of 1854-56.

In the Lands of the Romanovs was published on 12 May 2014. It is also available at Wikiversity, where contributors can add and expand entries on the books covered.