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Three Guineas

Three Guineas is a book-length essay by Virginia Woolf, published in June 1938. Although Three Guineas is a work of non-fiction, it was conceived as a "novel–essay" which would tie up the loose ends left in her earlier work, A Room of One's Own; the book was to alternate between fictive narrative chapters and non-fiction essay chapters, demonstrating Woolf's views on war and women in both types of writing at once. This unfinished manuscript was published in 1977 as The Pargiters; when Woolf realised the idea of a "novel–essay" wasn't working, she separated the two parts. The non-fiction portion became Three Guineas; the fiction portion became Woolf's most popular novel during her lifetime, The Years, which charts social change from 1880 to the time of publication through the lives of the Pargiter family. It was so popular, in fact, that pocket-sized editions of the novel were published for soldiers as leisure reading during World War II; the entire essay is structured as a response to an educated gentleman who has written a letter asking Woolf to join his efforts to help prevent war.

War was looming in 1936–7 and the question was pressing to Woolf, a committed pacifist. In the gentleman's letter, he asks Woolf her opinion about how best to prevent war and offers some practical steps. Woolf opens her response by stating first, with some slight hyperbole, that this is "a remarkable letter—a letter unique in the history of human correspondence, since when before has an educated man asked a woman how in her opinion war can be prevented." Despite the remarkable nature of the letter, Woolf has left it unanswered because as the daughter of an educated man, without access or place in the public world of professions, universities and government, she fears that there are fundamental differences that will make her "impossible for to understand." This sets up the fundamental tension of the work between, on the one hand, the desire to leave behind the stifling private home so as to help prevent war, an aim that Woolf shares with her interlocutor, and, on the other, an unwillingness to ally with the public world of men.

"Behind us lies the patriarchal system. Before us lies the public world, the professional system, with its possessiveness, its jealousy, its pugnacity, its greed."In the course of responding to the educated man's questions and practical suggestions, Woolf turns to two other letters: a request for funds to help rebuild a woman's college and a request for support for an organisation to help women enter the professions. Both allow Woolf to articulate her criticisms of the structure of education and the professions, which involves showing how they encourage the attitudes that lead to Fascism both at home and abroad. Woolf does not refuse the values of education and public service outright but suggests conditions which the daughters of educated men will need to heed if they are to prevent being corrupted by the public order, she imagines, for example, a new kind of college that avoids teaching the tools of domination and pugnacity, "an experimental college, an adventurous college…. It should teach… the art of understanding other people's lives and minds….

The teachers should be drawn from the good livers as well as from the good thinkers."In the final section, Woolf returns from the topics of education and the professions to the larger questions of preventing war and the practical measure suggested for doing so. In it she argues that although she agrees with her interlocutor that war is evil, they must attempt to eradicate it in different ways. "And since we are different," Woolf concludes, "our help must be different." Thus, the value of Woolf's opinion on how to prevent war lies in its radical difference from the ways of men. Its impossibility of being understood is the condition of its usefulness. Woolf wrote the essay to answer three questions, each from a different society: From an anti-war society: "How should war be prevented?" From a women's college building fund: "Why does the government not support education for women?" From a society promoting employment of professional women: "Why are women not allowed to engage in professional work?"The book is composed of Woolf's responses to a series of letters.

The question and answer format creates a sense of dialogue and debate on the politically charged issues the essay tackles, rather than just presenting simple polemical diatribes on each topic. The principle of dialogue is one that informs much of Woolf's work, is seen in her novels when she gives voice to different classes and marginalised groups in society through a diversity of characterisations. For example, the sky-writing scene in Mrs. Dalloway includes characters with a variety of class-influenced dialects; the "guineas" of the book's title are themselves a badge of social class, the money amount of 21 shillings for which no coin any longer existed, but, still the common denomination for upper-class transactions The epistolary format gives the reader the sense of eavesdropping on a private conversation. We listen in on Woolf's suggestions to a barrister on how to prevent war, to a women's league on how to support females in the professions, to a women's college on how to encourage female scholarship.

All three sources have written to Woolf asking for financial donations. What she donates, though, is her advice and philosophy. Woolf was eager to tie the issues of war an

Russia–Uzbekistan relations

Russia–Uzbekistan relations are the bilateral relationship between Russia and Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan was a Soviet socialist republic from 1924 until 1991. Both countries have had diplomatic relations since 1992. In the first years of independence, Uzbekistan remained within the ruble-zone until November 1993; the country has since moved politically away from the Russian Federation. Good relations with Uzbekistan are a key to Russian great power politics in the greater Central Asian region. On the other hand, Uzbekistan follows a "multi-vectoral policy" with good relations to Russia, the United States and other states. In 1999 parallel to the Kosovo War, Uzbekistan joined the GUAM alliance, which formed into an international organization in 2001, it was called GUUAM until 2005. In 2003, Gazprom took over control of the Uzbek pipeline network. In the same year, Uzbekistan started gas exports to the economically recovering Russia. In the aftermath of the May 2005 unrest, Uzbekistan demanded that the United States leave the base at Karshi-Khanabad.

Additionally, Uzbekistan left GUAAM, which again became GUAM. On 14 November 2005, both presidents Islam Karimov and Vladimir Putin signed a mutual cooperation agreement in Moscow. In 2012, Uzbekistan has opted to formally withdraw from the Russian-led CSTO alliance leading some to debate whether such a move indicated a shift in its foreign policy to the West. However, Uzbekistan remains a part of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, of which both Russia and China are part of. After the annexation of Crimea by Russia, separatist movements in the Northern Uzbekistani region of Karakalpakstan grew stronger. Many Karakalpaks live in Kazakhstan and South Korea for work and the minority is considered to be pro-Russian. In 2014 Russia forgave nearly all of the Uzbek debt to Russia in order to boost the relations between the two countries. Uzbekistan has an embassy in Moscow and Russia has an embassy in Tashkent. Foreign relations of Russia Foreign relations of Uzbekistan Russians in Uzbekistan Eurasian Union Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Documents on the Russia–Uzbekistan relationship at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Documents on the Russia–Uzbekistan relationship at the Uzbek Ministry of Foreign Affairs Embassy of Russia in Tashkent Embassy of Uzbekistan in Moscow