Daily Life in Imperial Russia

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Overview

The history of imperial Russia is rich with warfare, class conflict, royal scandal, and the rise and fall of empire. This volume examines czarist Russia through the social and material lens, including changes in court life, serf/peasant life, the Orthodox church, and the effects of emancipation and industrialization, from the birth of Moscow to the rise of Communism.

Thematic chapters cover Peter the Great's modernization of Russia, class structure, the role of the church, traditions and rituals, work and labor practices, health, fashion, and military life.

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Editorial Reviews

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"…a pleasure to read. Because its interpretations of various stages and aspects of Russian history are short, balanced, well-informed, and unified by an emphasis on social history, it could be valuable as a supplementary reading in an undergraduate course or as a resource for college-level instructors preparing to teach the Russian history survey…"

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The Russian Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313341229
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2008
  • Series: Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 268
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

GRETA BUCHER is Professor of History at the United States Military Academy. Her research interests include Russian, Soviet and East European history; Women's history; and early modern European history. She is author of Women, the Bureaucracy and Daily Life in Postwar Moscow, 1945-1953 (2006) and has written and edited several chapters, articles and translated works.

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Table of Contents

Chronology

1 Introduction: Early History through Peter the Great 1

2 Modernizing Russia 45

3 The Elites: Princes, Boyars, and Gentry 89

4 The Peasantry 121

5 The Church and the Towns 149

6 Lifestyle, Traditions, and Rituals 179

7 Conclusion: Radicals and Revolution 215

Glossary 235

Selected Bibliography 237

Index 241

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