Children's World: Growing Up in Russia, 1890-1991 / Edition 1

Children's World: Growing Up in Russia, 1890-1991 / Edition 1

by Catriona Kelly
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300112262

ISBN-13: 9780300112269

Pub. Date: 01/28/2008

Publisher: Yale University Press

How a country views its children reveals a great deal about that country. This landmark history of childhood in twentieth-century Russia presents an enthralling and detailed picture of a society where childhood was celebrated everywhere but children’s real needs were often neglected by the state. Catriona Kelly, one of the foremost cultural historians of

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How a country views its children reveals a great deal about that country. This landmark history of childhood in twentieth-century Russia presents an enthralling and detailed picture of a society where childhood was celebrated everywhere but children’s real needs were often neglected by the state. Catriona Kelly, one of the foremost cultural historians of modern Russia, explores every aspect of children’s lives, including the stresses and joys of ordinary family life, friendships, sports and games, first love, clothing, and schools. She examines the experiences of children in institutions, orphanages, and Stalin’s camps, as well as the impact on their lives of such historical tragedies as revolution, civil and world war, and political purges.

Based on unprecedented research in archives, hundreds of interviews, and the study of a huge range of newspapers, books, and pamphlets, the book has an immediacy which is startling. Over 100 illustrations sharpen the focus still more. Kelly weaves together information about the relationships between children and adults, prevailing ideas about childhood, and the actual experiences of children to create an unforgettable account of the intimate workings of Russian and Soviet society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300112269
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
736
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

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