I purchased this book, hoping that I would be provided an overall introduction to Russia's cultural history. With the PBS two series THE FACE OF RUSSIA and THE HERMITAGE, and this book, I can now further explore individual aspects of the geography of Russia's culture. I especially enjoyed the early parts of the book. It left me wishing to read more on Kiev, Novgorod, and early Moscovite history. I want to congratulate the author on his excellent work here. Well-written with good footnotes, it makes the culture and history easily accessible for the beginner. The only thing that seemed to be missing was a good bibliography. But that is nitpicking of an otherwise outstanding work. This should be a guide for any who wish to write cultural histories of other nations. Again congratulations Mr. Lincoln. Your work is much-appreciated.