A Russian Merchant's Tale: The Life and Adventures of Ivan Alekseevich Tolchenov, Based on His Diary by David L. Ransel | 9780253220202 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
A Russian Merchant's Tale: The Life and Adventures of Ivan Alekseevich Tolchenov, Based on His Diary

A Russian Merchant's Tale: The Life and Adventures of Ivan Alekseevich Tolchenov, Based on His Diary

by David L. Ransel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253220203

ISBN-13: 9780253220202

Pub. Date: 11/26/2008

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Based on the rare diary of an 18th-century Russian provincial merchant, A Russian Merchant's Tale presents a revealing portrait of Russia's little-known commercial class. By recording his daily contacts with a wide array of individuals from lords to laborers for more than 40 years, Ivan Alekseevich Tolchënov opened a window onto the education, work, birth,

Overview

Based on the rare diary of an 18th-century Russian provincial merchant, A Russian Merchant's Tale presents a revealing portrait of Russia's little-known commercial class. By recording his daily contacts with a wide array of individuals from lords to laborers for more than 40 years, Ivan Alekseevich Tolchënov opened a window onto the education, work, birth, death, marriage, business, civic, holiday, and religious practices of a social group about which little has been known. Using the tools of microhistory to interpret the diary, David L. Ransel vividly brings to life Tolchënov's self-construction, his relations with family and society, and his entire world of aspirations, achievements, and failures. Challenging prevailing stereotypes of Russian merchants as tradition-bound and narrow-minded, A Russian Merchant's Tale offers important new insights into the social history of imperial Russia.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253220202
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
11/26/2008
Series:
Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian and East European Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Maps

1. The Setting, Education, Youth, and Marriage
2. Local Politics during Ivan's Youth
3. Junior Member of the Family Firm: Merchant Life in Dmitrov
4. Young Paterfamilias
5. Leading Citizen
6. Eminent Trickster
7. Moscow Townsman
8. A New Equilibrium
Conclusion

Appendix: Genealogical Table for the Family of Boris Tolchënov
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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