Revolution of Their Own / Edition 1

Revolution of Their Own / Edition 1

by Barbara Engel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813333660

ISBN-13: 9780813333663

Pub. Date: 11/28/1997

Publisher: Westview Press


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,…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813333663
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Glossary
Introduction1
Living Someone Else's Life17
Taking Advantage of New Opportunities47
Daughter of a Village Priest85
Overcoming an "Incorrect" Birth101
A Life in a Peasant Village117
From Peasant to Journalist132
Under a Sword of Damocles155
Four Years as a Frontline Physician175
Afterword: Evaluating the Soviet Experience219
On Choices, Methods, and Silences222
Selected Bibliography229
Index231

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