A History of Women in Russia

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  • Copyright: 2012-06-29
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

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Synthesizing several decades of scholarship by historians East and West, Barbara Evans Clements traces the major developments in the history of women in Russia and their impact on the history of the nation. Sketching lived experiences across the centuries, she demonstrates the key roles that women played in shaping Russia's political, economic, social, and cultural development for over a millennium. The story Clements tells is one of hardship and endurance, but also one of achievement by women who, for example, promoted the conversion to Christianity, governed estates, created great art, rebelled against the government, established charities, built the tanks that rolled into Berlin in 1945, and flew the planes that strafed the retreating Wehrmacht. The daunting and complex history of all these women is presented in an engaging survey that integrates this scholarship into the field of Russian and post-Soviet history.

Author Biography

Barbara Evans Clements is Professor of History Emerita, University of Akron. She is author of Bolshevik Feminist: The Life of Aleksandra Kollontai (IUP, 1979), Bolshevik Women, and Daughters of Revolution: A History of Women in the USSR and editor (with Barbara Alpern Engel and Christine D. Worobec) of Russia's Women: Accommodation, Resistance, Transformation.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Note on Dates, Transliteration, and Namesp. xix
Glossaryp. xxi
A Sketch of the Historiographyp. xxiii
The Women of the Rus, 900-1462p. 1
The Age of The Domostroi, 1462-1695p. 25
Empresses and Serfs, 1695-1855p. 64
Industrialization and Urbanization, 1855-1914p. 112
Activist Women and Revolutionary Change, 1890-1930p. 158
Toil, Terror, and Triumphs, 1930-53p. 211
Making Better Lives, 1953-91p. 253
Gains and Losses, 1991-2010p. 286
Conclusionsp. 316
Notesp. 321
Bibliographyp. 537
Indexp. 361
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