Summerfolk: A History of the Dacha, 1710-2000 / Edition 1

Summerfolk: A History of the Dacha, 1710-2000 / Edition 1

by Stephen Lovell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801440718

ISBN-13: 9780801440717

Pub. Date: 04/15/2003

Publisher: Cornell University Press

"A fascinating work rich in detail, Summerfolk explores the ways in which Russia's turbulent past has shaped the function of the dacha and attitudes toward it. The book also demonstrates the crucial role that the dacha has played in the development of Russia's two most important cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, by providing residents with a refuge from the squalid…  See more details below

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"A fascinating work rich in detail, Summerfolk explores the ways in which Russia's turbulent past has shaped the function of the dacha and attitudes toward it. The book also demonstrates the crucial role that the dacha has played in the development of Russia's two most important cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, by providing residents with a refuge from the squalid and crowded metropolis. Like the suburbs in other nations, the dacha form of settlement served to alleviate social anxieties about urban growth." "Lovell shows that the dacha is defined less by its physical location - usually one or two hours' distance from a large city yet apart from the rural hinterland - than by the routines, values, and ideologies of its inhabitants. Drawing on sources as diverse as architectural pattern books, memoirs, paintings, fiction, and newspapers, he examines how dachniki ("summerfolk") have freed themselves from the workplace, cultivated domestic space, and created informal yet intense intellectual communities. He also reflects on the disdain that many Russians have felt toward the dacha, and their association of its lifestyle with physical idleness, private property, and unproductive use of the land." Russian attitudes toward the dacha are, Lowell asserts, constantly evolving. The word "dacha" has evoked both delight in and hostility to leisure. It has implied both the rejection of agricultural labor and, more recently, a return to the soil. In Summerfolk, the dacha is a unique vantage point from which to observe the Russian social landscape and Russian life in the private sphere.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801440717
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.63(w) x 9.38(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Glossary
Abbreviations
Maps
Introduction1
1Prehistory8
2Between City and Court: The Middle Third of the Nineteenth Century28
3The Late Imperial Dacha Boom58
4Between Arcadia and Suburbia: The Dacha as a Cultural Space, 1860-191786
5The Making of the Soviet Dacha, 1917-1941118
6Between Consumption and Ownership: Exurban Life, 1941-1986163
7Post-Soviet Suburbanization?: Dacha Settlements in Contemporary Russia209
Conclusion232
Note on Sources237
Bibliography241
Index255

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