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General Information

Name:  William Benton Whisenhunt  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: in Murray, Kentucky

-- William Whisenhunt on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Whisenhunt moved to Illinois in 1992 to pursue graduate work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has lived in Glenview, Naperville, and St. Charles. Since 2003, he has lived in Sycamore.

Biographical and Professional Information

William Whisenhunt is a Professor of History at College of DuPage. He has edited several books including ''Russian and Soviet History: From the Time of Troubles to the Collapse of the Soviet Union'' with Steven A. Usitalo in 2008, Marguerite Harrison's ''Marooned in Moscow: An American Woman Imprisoned in Soviet Russia'' in 2011, ''New Perspectives on Russian-American Relations'' with Norman E. Saul in 2015 and Albert Rhys Williams' ''Through the Russian Revolution'' in 2017.

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Titles At Your Library

In Search of Legality
ISBN: 0880334681

East European Monographs. 2001

This book examines Mikhail M. Speranskii's attempt to codify Russian law in the 1820 and 1830s--that was the last major bureaucratic project of this important Russian statesman and an aspect of his long career that has been largely ignored by historians. Based on material from the Manuscript Division of the Russian National Library, the Russian State Historical Archives, and the Archives of the Academy of Sciences (all in St. Petersburg, Russia) a complete picture emerges of the codification efforts.

A Russian Paints America: The Travels of Pavel P. Svin'in, 1811-1813
ISBN: 0773534148

McGill-Queen's University Press. 2008

Pavel Petrovich Svin'in (1787/88-1839) was a painter, diplomat, and journalist who spent two years as part of the first Russian diplomatic mission to the United States. Soon after returning to Russia, Svin'in published a travel narrative of his experiences.
A Russian Paints America presents the first complete English translation of Svin'in's fascinating memoir. Thirty-one original watercolours complement his provocative views on topics such as slavery, religion, politics, and the fine arts. Introductory essays by Marina Swoboda and William Whisenhunt examine Russian-American relations, consider Svin'in's life and particular role in Russian history, and set his work in the context of the genre of picturesque travel - Svin'in clearly did not set out to produce a scholarly account of the United States but a work of literature, at a time when Russian literary language was in its earliest stages of development.
A Russian Paints America provides a compelling picture of the political and cultural environment in Russia and America in the early nineteenth century.

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