A Woman's Kingdom: Noblewomen and the Control of Property in Russia, 1700-1861

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Cornell University Press, 2002 - History - 276 pages
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In A Woman's Kingdom, Michelle Lamarche Marrese explores the development of Russian noblewomen's unusual property rights. In contrast to women in Western Europe, who could not control their assets during marriage until the second half of the nineteenth century, married women in Russia enjoyed the right to alienate and manage their fortunes beginning in 1753. Marrese traces the extension of noblewomen's right to property and places this story in the broader context of the evolution of private property in Russia before the Great Reforms of the 1860s. Historians have often dismissed women's property rights as meaningless. In the patriarchal society of Imperial Russia, a married woman could neither work nor travel without her husband's permission, and divorce was all but unattainable. Yet, through a detailed analysis of women's property rights from the Petrine era through the abolition of serfdom in 1861, Marrese demonstrates the significance of noblewomen's proprietary power. She concludes that Russian noblewomen were unique not only for the range of property rights available to them, but also for the active exercise of their legal prerogatives.A remarkably broad source base provides a solid foundation for Marrese's conclusions. These sources comprise more than eight thousand transactions from notarial records documenting a variety of property transfers, property disputes brought to the Senate, noble family papers, and a vast memoir literature. A Woman's Kingdom stands as a masterful challenge to the existing, androcentric view of noble society in Russia before Emancipation.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Women and the
17
two The Enigma of Married Womens Control of Property
44
THREE Marriage and the Practice of Separate Property
71
Gender and the Culture
101
Women Men and Testamentary
146
Women and Estate
171
seven Women and the Legal Process
205
Conclusion
238
The Krepostnye Knigi
243
Kinship of Litigants in Inheritance Disputes Involving
247
Bibliography
249
Index
271
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Michelle Lamarche Marrese is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Toronto.

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