Village Life in Late Tsarist Russia: An Ethnography / Edition 1

Village Life in Late Tsarist Russia: An Ethnography / Edition 1

by Olga Semyonova Tian-Shanskaia, David L. Ransel
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0253207843

ISBN-13: 9780253207845

Pub. Date: 05/01/1993

Publisher: Indiana University Press

"... a marvelous source for the social history of Russian peasant society in the years before the revolution.... The translation is superb." —Steven Hoch

"... one of the best ethnographic portraits that we have of the Russian village.... a highly readable text that is an excellent introduction to the world of the Russian peasantry." —Samuel C.

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"... a marvelous source for the social history of Russian peasant society in the years before the revolution.... The translation is superb." —Steven Hoch

"... one of the best ethnographic portraits that we have of the Russian village.... a highly readable text that is an excellent introduction to the world of the Russian peasantry." —Samuel C. Ramer

Village Life in Late Tsarist Russia provides a unique firsthand portrait of peasant family life as recorded by Olga Semyonova Tian-Shanskaia, an ethnographer and painter who spent four years at the turn of the twentieth century observing the life and customs of villagers in a central Russian province. Unusual in its awareness of the rapid changes in the Russian village in the late nineteenth century and in its concentration on the treatment of women and children, Semyonova’s ethnography vividly describes courting rituals, marriage and sexual practices, childbirth, infanticide, child-rearing practices, the lives of women, food and drink, work habits, and the household economy. In contrast to a tradition of rosy, romanticized descriptions of peasant communities by Russian upper-class observers, Semyonova gives an unvarnished account of the harsh living conditions and often brutal relationships within peasant families.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253207845
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
05/01/1993
Series:
Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian and East European Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
788,931
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments, vii,
Abbreviations, ix,
Introduction, xi,
1. Ivan's Parents, 1,
2. Childbirth, Christening, Wife Beating, 6,
3. Childhood, 22,
4. Courtship and Sexual Relations, 50,
5. Ivan Prepares for Marriage, 62,
6. Pledging the Bride, the Bride-Show, and Marriage, 74,
7. Infanticide, Emotion, Sexual Disorder, Drink and Food, 95,
8. Housing, Property, Trades, Budgets, and Religious Belief, 116,
9. Peasant Ideals, Work Habits, and Causes of Poverty, 139,
10. Court Cases and Political Structure, 157,
Appendix, 171,
Suggestions for Further Reading, 173,

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