Women and Society in Russia and the Soviet Union

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In recent years, the study of women and gender relations has become one of the most productive fields of research into Russian and Soviet society and this volume offers a fresh and interdisciplinary insight into the field. Written by leading Western scholars, it spans the last decade of tsarist Russia, the 1917 revolutions and the Soviet period. The essays reflect the original nature of recent research on women's studies and include chapters on women writers, women's work, women and politics, women as soldiers, female prostitution, popular images of women and women's experience of perestroika.

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"...the volume contains much that is topical, valuable, interesting, and well written...." A. H. Koblitz, Choice

"As Edmondson notes in the introduction, one of the aims of this collection is to stimulate further research, and along with providing much-needed information and analysis itself, the volume does provide an impetus for future scholars. Finally, many of these essays will be useful in the classroom, and all will be of interest to those who want to know more about the history of women in Russia and the former USSR." Jehanne Gheith, Russian Review

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Introduction; 1. 'Better halves'? Representations of women in Russian urban popular entertainments, 1870–1910 Catriona Kelly; 2. The Silver Age: highpoint for women? Charlotte Rosenthal; 3. Women pharmacists in Russia before World War I: women's emancipation, feminism, professionalization, nationalism and class conflict Mary Schaeffer Conroy; 4. Women's rights, civil rights and the debate over citizenship in the 1905 Revolution Linda Edmondson; 5. Laying the foundations of democracy in Russia: E. D. Kuskova's contribution, February-October 1917 Barbara T. Norton; 6. Mariia L. Bochkareva and the Russian amazons of 1917 Richard Abraham; 7. Russian women writers: an overview. Post-revolutionary dispersion and adjustment Marina Ledkovsky (Astman); 8 .Victim or villain? Prostitution in post-revolutionary Russia Elizabeth Waters; 9. Young women and perestroika Sue Bridger; 10. Glasnost and the woman question Mary Buckley.

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