A Revolution Of Their Own: Voices Of Women In Soviet History [NOOK Book]

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The stories of these eight Russian women offer an extremely rare perspective into personal life in the Soviet era. Some were from the poor peasantry and working class, groups in whose name the revolution was carried out and who sometimes gained unprecedented opportunities after the revolution. Others, born to “misfortune” as the daughters of nobles, parish priests, or those peasants termed well-to-do, suffered bitterly as enemies to a new government. The women interviewed here speak candidly about family life, ...
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A Revolution Of Their Own: Voices Of Women In Soviet History

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The stories of these eight Russian women offer an extremely rare perspective into personal life in the Soviet era. Some were from the poor peasantry and working class, groups in whose name the revolution was carried out and who sometimes gained unprecedented opportunities after the revolution. Others, born to “misfortune” as the daughters of nobles, parish priests, or those peasants termed well-to-do, suffered bitterly as enemies to a new government. The women interviewed here speak candidly about family life, work, sexual relations, marriage and divorce, childbirth and childbearing, and legalized abortion and the underground pursuit of such services after abortion was outlawed in 1936.As no previous book has done, A Revolution of Their Own illuminates the harsh reality of women’s daily lives in the Soviet Union as well as reveals the accomplishments made possible by the expanded opportunities that the new Soviet government provided for women. Their stories show why many Russian women continue to take pride in the public achievements of the Soviet period despite, or perhaps because of, the painful price each was made to pay.
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Interviews with eight Soviet women, some from the poor peasantry and working class in whose name the revolution was carried out, and others born to money and so enemies to the new government. They speak about family life, work, sexual relations, marriage and divorce, childbirth and child rearing, and legalized abortion and the underground pursuit of such services after abortion was outlawed in 1936. They reveal the new opportunities that opened for women and the reality of their daily lives. Paper edition (unseen), $20.00. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813347028
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 844 KB

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Barbara Alpern Engel is professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Anastasia Posadskaya-Vanderbeck is visiting fellow at the Center for Russian, Central, and East European Studies at Rutgers University. Barbara Alpern Engel is professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Anastasia Posadskaya-Vanderbeck is visiting fellow at the Center for Russian, Central, and East European Studies at Rutgers University.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Glossary
Introduction 1
Living Someone Else's Life 17
Taking Advantage of New Opportunities 47
Daughter of a Village Priest 85
Overcoming an "Incorrect" Birth 101
A Life in a Peasant Village 117
From Peasant to Journalist 132
Under a Sword of Damocles 155
Four Years as a Frontline Physician 175
Afterword: Evaluating the Soviet Experience 219
On Choices, Methods, and Silences 222
Selected Bibliography 229
Index 231
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