In the Shadow of Revolution: Life Stories of Russian Women from 1917 to the Second World War

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Sheila Fitzpatrick, Yuri Slezkine
Princeton University Press, May 21, 2000 - History - 443 pages

Asked shortly after the revolution about how she viewed the new government, Tatiana Varsher replied, "With the wide-open eyes of a historian." Her countrywoman, Zinaida Zhemchuzhnaia, expressed a similar need to take note: "I want to write about the way those events were perceived and reflected in the humble and distant corner of Russia that was the Cossack town of Korenovskaia." What these women witnessed and experienced, and what they were moved to describe, is part of the extraordinary portrait of life in revolutionary Russia presented in this book. A collection of life stories of Russian women in the first half of the twentieth century, In the Shadow of Revolution brings together the testimony of Soviet citizens and émigrés, intellectuals of aristocratic birth and Soviet milkmaids, housewives and engineers, Bolshevik activists and dedicated opponents of the Soviet regime. In literary memoirs, oral interviews, personal dossiers, public speeches, and letters to the editor, these women document their diverse experience of the upheavals that reshaped Russia in the first half of this century.


As is characteristic of twentieth-century Russian women's autobiographies, these life stories take their structure not so much from private events like childbirth or marriage as from great public events. Accordingly the collection is structured around the events these women see as touchstones: the Revolution of 1917 and the Civil War of 1918-20; the switch to the New Economic Policy in the 1920s and collectivization; and the Stalinist society of the 1930s, including the Great Terror. Edited by two preeminent historians of Russia and the Soviet Union, the volume includes introductions that investigate the social historical context of these women's lives as well as the structure of their autobiographical narratives.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
Yuri Slezkine Lives as Tales
18
Civil War as a Way of Life 19171920
31
Ekaterina Olitskaia My Reminiscences 1
33
Anna Litveiko In 1917
49
P E MelgunovaStepanova Where Laughter Is Never Heard
66
Anna Andzhievskaia A Mothers Story
73
Zinaida Zhemchuzhnaia The Road to Exile
82
Valentina Bogdan Students in the First FiveYear Plan
252
Alla Kiparenko Building the City of Youth
277
Anna Iankovskaia A Belomor Confession
282
Lidia Libedinskaia The Green Lamp
286
Life Has Become Merrier The 1930s
303
Pasha Angelina The Most Important Thing
305
Efrosinia Kislova et al Peasant Narratives 2
322
Fruma Treivas We Were Fighting for an Idea
324

Nadezhda Krupskaia Autobiography
111
Tatiana Varsher Things Seen and Suffered
113
Zinaida Patrikeeva Cavalry Boy
118
Irina Elenevskaia Recollections
123
Sofia Volkonskaia The Way of Bitterness
140
Toward New Forms of Life The 1920s
167
Agrippina Korevanova My Life
169
Anonymous What Am I to Do?
207
Ekaterina Olitskaia My Reminiscences 2
209
Paraskeva Ivanova Why I Do Not Belong in the Party
213
Maria Belskaia Arinas Children
219
Antonina Solovieva Sent by the Komsomol
235
Nenila Bazeleva et al Peasant Narratives 1
241
Anna Balashova A Workers Life
243
N I Slavnikova et al Speeches by Stakhanovites
331
Ulianova A CrossExamination
342
Anna Shchetinina A Sea Captains Story
350
Kh Khuttonen Farewell to the Komsomol
354
Anastasia Plotnikova Autobiography
356
A V Vlasovskaia et al Speeches by Stakhanovites Wives
359
Inna ShikheevaGaister A Family Chronicle
367
Evdokia Maslennikova The Story of My Life
391
Valentina Bogdan Memoirs of an Engineer
394
Frida Troib et al Engineers Wives
419
Ekaterina Olitskaia My Reminiscences 3
424
GLOSSARY
435
INDEX
437
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Sheila Fitzpatrick is the Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor in History at the University of Chicago and coeditor of The Journal of Modern History. She is the author of, most recently, Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s and Accusatory Practices: Denunciation in Modern European History, 1789-1989. Yuri Slezkine is Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the coeditor of Between Heaven and Hell: The Myth of Siberia in Russian Culture and the author of Arctic Mirrors: Russia and the Small Peoples of the North.

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