Up from Serfdom: My Childhood and Youth in Russia, 1804-1824

Up from Serfdom: My Childhood and Youth in Russia, 1804-1824

by Aleksandr Nikitenko
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300097166

ISBN-13: 9780300097160

Pub. Date: 08/28/2002

Publisher: Yale University Press

Aleksandr Nikitenko, born into Russian serfdom in 1804, almost miraculously gained his freedom as a young man, thirty-seven years before serfdom was abolished in the Russian Empire. His compelling autobiography -- here translated into English for the first time -- is one of the very few ever written by an ex-serf. Nikitenko describes the tragedy, despair,…  See more details below

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Aleksandr Nikitenko, born into Russian serfdom in 1804, almost miraculously gained his freedom as a young man, thirty-seven years before serfdom was abolished in the Russian Empire. His compelling autobiography -- here translated into English for the first time -- is one of the very few ever written by an ex-serf. Nikitenko describes the tragedy, despair, unpredictability, and astounding luck of his youth, bringing to life as never before the experience of a serf in nineteenth-century Russia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300097160
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,303,594
Product dimensions:
4.36(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Translator's Notexxi
Acknowledgmentsxxiii
Mapsxxv
Chapter 1.My Roots1
Chapter 2.My Parents6
Chapter 3.Father's First Attempt to Introduce Truth Where It Wasn't Wanted18
Chapter 4.My Early Childhood24
Chapter 5.Exile32
Chapter 6.Home from Exile39
Chapter 7.Father Returns from St. Petersburg46
Chapter 8.1811: New Place, New Faces54
Chapter 9.Our Life in Pisaryevka, 1812-181566
Chapter 10.School79
Chapter 11.Fate Strikes Again94
Chapter 12.Waiting in Voronezh104
Chapter 13.Ostrogozhsk: I Go Out into the World107
Chapter 14.My Friends and Activities in Ostrogozhsk119
Chapter 15.My Friends in the Military; General Yuzefovich; The Death of My Father133
Chapter 16.Farewell, Ostrogozhsk149
Chapter 17.Home Again in Ostrogozhsk165
Chapter 18.The Dawn of a New Day177
Chapter 19.St. Petersburg: My Struggle for Freedom187
Translator's Epilogue203
Notes207
Glossary221
Index223

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