Paul du Quenoy is Associate Professor of History at the American University of Beirut, where he specializes in Russian and European History and also teaches Fine Arts courses. Professor du Quenoy is also a professional music critic with byline filed from the great theatrical capitals of the world and a frequent lecturer for the travel and tourism industry.
This project will investigate the Russian Empire's interaction with the Arab Middle East during the late imperial era. Attention will be given to diplomatic contacts and the development of what is now called "soft power" within Russian approaches to Middle Eastern governments and societies.
Stage Fright: Politics and the Performing Arts in Late Imperial Russia
Wagner and the French Muse: Music, Society, and Nation in Modern France