A Russian Merchant's Tale: The Life and Adventures of Ivan Alekseevich Tolch?nov, Based on His Diary [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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

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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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Meet the Author

David L. Ransel is Robert F. Byrnes Professor of History and Director of
the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is
author of Village Mothers: Three Generations of Change in Russia and Tataria (IUP,
2005) and editor (with Jane Burbank) of Imperial Russia: New Histories for the
Empire (IUP, 1998).

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Table of Contents

<FMO>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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