The Life of a Russian Woman Doctor: A Siberian Memoir, 1869-1954 / Edition 1

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Overview

The Life of a Russian Woman Doctor by Anna Bek (1869–1954) yields rich insights into the lives of a generation of Russian women who lived at a time of revolutionary change,
extraordinary challenges, and unprecedented opportunities. Written in a lively and compelling style,
Anna Bek’s memoir reveals not only the experiences but also the motives and values of women who sought education, independence, and self-sufficiency, the obstacles they encountered, and the influences of other women and men on their lives. This engrossing memoir also engages the special context of Siberian geography and history—the vast distances and isolation, the heterogeneous population of settlers, exiles, and convicts, the closeness and interdependence of families and communities, and the deep appreciation of nature. This book offers a rewarding excursion into Siberian social history and an intimate acquaintance with two exceptional individuals of great charm and courage—Anna Bek and her American editor, Anne D. Rassweiler.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice
"During the past few decades, an increasing number of memoirs and autobiographies of a wide range of individuals who lived in Russia and the Soviet Union have appeared in English translation. This memoir by a woman physician and educator whose life spanned the years before the 1917 Revolution and the Stalin era is a welcome addition to this literature. The author, Anna Zhukova Bek, grew up in an isolated mining village in Eastern Siberia where her father was the mine director. Anna excelled at her studies and was sent to a boarding school for girls in Irkutsk. After graduation, she studied medicine in France and St. Petersburg. During a year's exile for political activity in Siberia, she met her future husband (who also was considered politically unreliable by the tsarist authorities), and the couple worked there until the husband's death from typhus in 1915. After 1917, Anna became a well-respected professor at several Siberian universities, but her specialties (psychology and pedology) became politically suspect by the early 1930s, and she was forced to give up these positions. The editor's annotations and notes are very helpful and informative. Summing Up: Recommended. Public and general collections." —N. M. Brooks, New Mexico State University, Choice, October 2005

— N. M. Brooks, New Mexico State University

H-Women
"The memoir's style is clear and the story is compelling. Furthermore, Rassweiler's introductions and annotations make the memoir usable for courses in Russian history, gender history, medical history, and general European history." —Michelle DenBeste, California State University Fresno, H-Women, July 2008

— Michelle DenBeste, California State University Fresno

Choice - N. M. Brooks

"During the past few decades, an increasing number of memoirs and autobiographies of a wide range of individuals who lived in Russia and the Soviet Union have appeared in English translation. This memoir by a woman physician and educator whose life spanned the years before the 1917 Revolution and the Stalin era is a welcome addition to this literature. The author, Anna Zhukova Bek, grew up in an isolated mining village in Eastern Siberia where her father was the mine director. Anna excelled at her studies and was sent to a boarding school for girls in Irkutsk. After graduation, she studied medicine in France and St. Petersburg. During a year's exile for political activity in Siberia, she met her future husband (who also was considered politically unreliable by the tsarist authorities), and the couple worked there until the husband's death from typhus in 1915. After 1917, Anna became a well-respected professor at several Siberian universities, but her specialties (psychology and pedology) became politically suspect by the early 1930s, and she was forced to give up these positions. The editor's annotations and notes are very helpful and informative. Summing Up: Recommended. Public and general collections." —N. M. Brooks, New Mexico State University, Choice, October 2005

H-Women - Michelle DenBeste

"The memoir's style is clear and the story is compelling. Furthermore, Rassweiler's introductions and annotations make the memoir usable for courses in Russian history, gender history, medical history, and general European history." —Michelle DenBeste, California State University Fresno, H-Women, July 2008

From the Publisher
"The memoir's style is clear and the story is compelling. Furthermore, Rassweiler's introductions and annotations make the memoir usable for courses in Russian history, gender history,
medical history, and general European history." —Michelle DenBeste, California State
University Fresno, H-Women, July 2008
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253217172
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne D. Rassweiler (1933–2002) was author of The Generation of Power: The
Planning and Construction of Dneprostroi, 1927–1932.

Adele Lindenmeyr is
Professor and Chair, Department of History, Villanova University, and author of Poverty Is Not a
Vice: Charity, Society, and the State in Imperial Russia.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword Adele M. Lindenmeyr
Chronology: The
Life of Anna Nikolaevna Zhukova-Bek

Introduction: A Journey to Siberia Anne D.
Rassweiler

1. Growing Up in the Transbaikal
2. Student Life in St.
Petersburg and France
3. New Beginnings: Nerchinsk Zavod, St. Petersburg, Aksha
4.
Making a Career: Chita in War and Revolution
5. The Highs and Lows of Working Life:
Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Tomsk

Appendix: "Labor Education and the Montessori System":
Summary of a Lecture Anna Nikolaevna Bek
Notes
Bibliography and Suggestions for
Further Reading
Index

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