In the Shadow of Revolution: Life Stories of Russian Women from 1917 to the Second World War

In the Shadow of Revolution: Life Stories of Russian Women from 1917 to the Second World War

by Sheila Fitzpatrick
     
 

"A pleasure to read and hugely absorbing. The variations in the memoirs, the clear evidence that many were written under extremely circumscribed conditions, gives one of the best introductions possible to Soviet history. Hearing the voices of individuals writing in different eras gives the reader a sense not only of the experiences women lived through (many of them

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"A pleasure to read and hugely absorbing. The variations in the memoirs, the clear evidence that many were written under extremely circumscribed conditions, gives one of the best introductions possible to Soviet history. Hearing the voices of individuals writing in different eras gives the reader a sense not only of the experiences women lived through (many of them terribly tragic) but also of the language they used and the terms in which they thought about their own life experiences."—Elizabeth A. Wood, MIT

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ISBN-13:
9780691019499
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2000
Pages:
456
Sales rank:
1,310,975
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

PREFACE vii

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ix

Introduction 3

Sheila Fitzpatrick, Lives and Times 3

Yuri Slezkine, Lives as Tales 18

PART I. Civil War as a Way of Life (1917-1920) 31

1. Ekaterina Olitskaia, My Reminiscences (1) 33

2. Anna Litveiko, In 1917 49

3. P. E. Melgunova-Stepanova, Where Laughter Is Never Heard 66

4. Anna Andzhievskaia, A Mother's Story 73

5. Zinaida Zhemchuzhnaia, The Road to Exile 82

6. Nadezhda Krupskaia, Autobiography 111

7. Tatiana Varsher, Things Seen and Suffered 113

8. Zinaida Patrikeeva, Cavalry Boy 118

9. Irina Elenevskaia, Recollections 123

10. Sofia Volkonskaia, The Way of Bitterness 140

PART II. Toward "New Forms of Life" (The 1920s) 167

11. Agrippina Korevanova, My Life 169

12. Anonymous, What Am I to Do? 207

13. Ekaterina Olitskaia, My Reminiscences (2) 209

14. Paraskeva Ivanova, Why I Do Not Belong in the Party 213

15. Maria Belskaia, Arina's Children 219

16. Antonina Solovieva, Sent by the Komsomol 235

17. Nenila Bazeleva et al., Peasant Narratives (1) 241

18. Anna Balashova, A Worker's Life 243

19. Valentina Bogdan, Students in the First Five-Year Plan 252

20. Alla Kiparenko, Building the City of Youth 277

21. Anna Iankovskaia, A Belomor Confession 282

22. Lidia Libedinskaia, The Green Lamp 286

PART III. "Life Has Become Merrier" (The 1930s) 303

23. Pasha Angelina, The Most Important Thing 305

24. Efrosinia Kislova et al., Peasant Narratives (2) 322

25. Fruma Treivas, We Were Fighting for an Idea! 324

26. N. I. Slavnikova et al., Speeches by Stakhanovites 331

27. Ulianova, A Cross-Examination 342

28. Anna Shchetinina, A Sea Captain's Story 350

29. Kh. Khuttonen, Farewell to the Komsomol 354

30. Anastasia Plotnikova, Autobiography 356

31. A. V. Vlasovskaia et al., Speeches by Stakhanovites' Wives 359

32. Inna Shikheeva-Gaister, A Family Chronicle 367

33. Evdokia Maslennikova, The Story of My Life 391

34. Valentina Bogdan, Memoirs of an Engineer 394

35. Frida Troib et al., Engineers' Wives 419

36. Ekaterina Olitskaia, My Reminiscences (3) 424

GLOSSARY 435

INDEX 437

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