A Russian Paints America: The Travels of Pavel P. Svin’in, by Pavel P. Svin'in, Visit Amazon's William Benton Whisenhunt

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Pavel Svin'in in was once a painter, diplomat, and journalist who spent years as a part of the 1st Russian diplomatic challenge to the us. This identify offers an entire English translation of his memoir. 31 unique watercolours supplement his provocative perspectives on subject matters akin to slavery, faith, politics, and the high-quality arts."

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The initial battles of June 1788 went well for Jones, but much of the credit went to the French commander. Jones criticized NassauSiegen’s role in the battles with the Turks and credited himself and his men with defeating the enemy and saving the war effort, despite the fact that most of the evidence gave credit for the success to the French leader. Feeling that his claims were being ignored, Jones took his criticism of Nassau-Siegen higher, to Grigorii Potemkin, who did not accept such bold assertions well.

Dashkov sent inflammatory letters to the American government on the matter in an attempt to clear Kozlov’s name and character. He received little response from American officials in Philadelphia, but American diplomats such as Levett Harris in St Petersburg were working to remedy the situation. Frustrated by the perceived lack of cooperation in Philadelphia, Dashkov, by the fall of 1816, broke off official 22 Th e Begin n in gs o f Ru ssian-A merican Diplomatic R elations diplomatic relations with the United States, making it difficult to negotiate a resolution to the conflict in St Petersburg.

Here, as in much of Svin’in’s writing, questions of accuracy arise. However, his account of his journey reveals an interesting aspect of Svin’in’s character. His developing sense of national pride and belief in a unique mission for Russia and its emperor, evident later in the pages of his journal Notes of the Fatherland, permeates this narrative. It may seem odd to assert that this Russian diplomat found a sense of national identity through a French general, but his language and praise of Moreau and the overall description of his mission support such a claim.

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