A History of Women in Russia: From Earliest Times to the Present

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Indiana University Press, 2012 - History - 386 pages
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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. This daunting and complex history is presented in an engaging survey that integrates this scholarship into the field of Russian and post-Soviet history.

 

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Contents

1 The Women of the Rus 9001462
1
2 The Age of The Domostroi 14621695
25
3 Empresses and Serfs 16951855
64
4 Industrialization and Urbanization 18551914
112
5 Activist Women and Revolutionary Change 18901930
158
6 Toil Terror and Triumphs 193053
211
7 Making Better Lives 195391
253
8 Gains and Losses 19912010
286
Conclusions
316
Notes
321
Bibliography
337
Index
361
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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.

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