№ 3, 2002
The author believes that the historical function of the world capitals is to gather, to remember and to generate the cultural polyphony of a nation and the humankind. It is only in the capitals that the strategies of spiritual development are shaped. Being the center of the national historical self-consciousness, each of the two Russian capitals was accumulating its values and creating its Weltanschauung (worldview). The two megapolices had a sort of a constant argument with a certain excitement of cultural competition. According to the author, the dialogue became a way of an inner spiritual growth. As a result the jealousy of one city to the other turned into a competitive enlightenment.
K. Isupov believes that another result of such two-voiced Moscow-Petersburg culture is the Russian character. In his opinion, the sociability and profound concentration, love to extremes, universal open-mindedness and quiet awareness of one’s potentials, castle-building together with historical hope – all these characteristics of a Russian person were coined in the dialogue between the capitals.
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