Sweeping across more than two centuries, this compelling book introduces readers to some of the major themes in Imperial Russia. In a set of engaging essays, the contributors present richly human stories of individual and group experiences, as well as of key events in Russian history. We see the effects of reforms; the consequences of an economy and society built on serfdom; as well as the development of a civil society, the "woman question," urbanization, secularization, and modernity. As this book vividly shows, individuals, groups, and events raised out of obscurity remind us of the messiness of everyday life; of people's dreams, frustrations, and transformations; as well as of their sense of self and the community around them.
Christine D. Worobec is Board of Trustees Professor and Distinguished Research Professor at Northern Illinois University.
Introduction Chapter 1: Fashion and the Rise of Consumer Capitalism in Russia Chapter 2: How One Runaway Peasant Challenged the Authority of the Russian State: The Case Against Maria Semenova Chapter 3: Life on the River: The Education of a Merchant Youth Chapter 4: The Good Society of Russian Enlightenment Theater Chapter 5: The 1827 Peasant Uprising at Bernovo Chapter 6: Reframing Public and Private Space in Mid-Nineteenth Century Russia: The Triumvirate of Anna Filosofova, Nadezhda Stasova, and Mariia Trubnikova Chapter 7: Happy Birthday, Siberia! Reform and Public Opinion in Russia's "Colony," 1881-1882 Chapter 8: Life in the Big City: Migrants Cope with "Daily Events" Chapter 9: Freedom and its Limitations: A Peasant Wife Seeks to Escape her Abusive Husband Chapter 10: "She Done Him In": Marital Breakdown in a Jewish Family Chapter 11: Serving the Household, Asserting the Self: Urban Domestic Servant Activism, 1900-1917 Chapter 12: Plebeian Poets in Fin de Siecle Russia: Stories of the Self