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The Life and Times of Charles R. Crane, 1858-1939: American Businessman, Philanthropist, and a Founder of Russian Studies in America par [Saul, Norman E.]
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In The Life and Times of Charles R. Crane, Norman E. Saul analyzes the contributions of Charles R. Crane, world traveler, businessman, diplomat, and philanthropist in the setting of his times. Crane acquired his appreciation for Russian culture and life through travel in the country, making a total of twenty-four trips to Russia. He developed friendships and professional relationships with many prominent Russians in political, cultural, and artistic spheres in addition to his connections to important figures in American history such as Woodrow Wilson. As the son of a Chicago industrialist with little formal education, Charles R. Crane enjoyed remarkable success serving as a financial backer and advisor to the Woodrow Wilson administration, founding member of the 1917 Root Commission to Russia, minister to China, and establishing a factory in Russia to manufacture air brakes for the Russian railroad. He devoted a considerable amount of his own time and resources to educating Americans about the Russian people. He sponsored visiting lecturers, subsidized publications, and commissioned works by Russian artists.
Charles Crane was arguably the first true American globalist. His activities involved Russia, China, and the Middle East, but Saul emphasizes his travels in Russia and his role in the development and promotion of Russian studies in America. Crane represented the United States becoming a world power in business and diplomacy, and fostered an American appreciation and knowledge of Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern societies. By studying this unusual man, Saul explores the world in which he lived and traveled. The relationship between America and Russia has always been a complex and fascinating one, and Saul shines light on a pivotal period in that relationship.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A surpirsing tale of philanthropy and international studies 6 juillet 2013
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The story of Charles R. Crane begins with familiar notes from Chicago history: a family-owned plumbing fixture business that took off during the construction boom following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, philanthropic support for nurseries affiliated with Jane Addams' Hull House, the tragedy of two nieces who died in the Iroquois theater fire of 1903, and summers spent at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The shock is that this wealthy child of the Midwest left his mark on international understanding and foreign study in America, particularly with regard to Russia. His eyes opened to the world not through formal education, but through travel and personal encounters. As Crane's associate, Walter Rogers, wrote: "His father tolerated his gadding about because through his son, he kept abreast of the world.... [Charles R. Crane] never went to high school. All his knowledge was self-acquired." Chicago civic leader Martin Antoine Ryerson, Crane's relative and friend, enriched Crane's understanding of cultural and educational philanthropy, but it was Crane, himself, who developed a deep love of Russia. By the time of the 1893 World Columbian Exposition, Crane was positioned to welcome and facilitate the extensive Russian presence in Chicago, a presence that, among other accomplishments, greatly enhanced the reputation of Russian music in America. Crane went on to promote Russian studies at institutions including Harvard and the University of Chicago, as well as publications, cultural exchanges, and artistic and musical endeavors. Even after he took up residence in New York, Massachusetts, and California, Chicago continued to be a part of his life. The family business remained there, and Crane supported Chicago's Holy Trinity Church, a Russian Orthodox Church constructed in 1903. Crane chose Louis Sullivan as the architect, and the church remains a gem. As a biographer, Norman E. Saul tells a surprising and fascinating story, but in the annals of the history of philanthropy, Saul does the near-impossible by compiling a meticulous listing of the known details of Crane's contributions. The chief disclaimer, of course, is that many of Crane's donations were done informally and without any trace in the record. The traces that remain, if they could be combined with similar lists to be written for other philanthropists, would shed new light on a signature feature of American social history.
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