History of Women in Russia : From Earliest Times to the Present
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.
- Hardback | 344 pages
- 160.02 x 233.68 x 35.56mm | 929.86g
- 06 Jul 2012
- Indiana University Press
- Bloomington, IN, United States
- 18 b&w illustrations
Table of contents
Introduction; Glossary A Sketch of the Historiography; 1 The Women of the Rus, 900-1460; 2 The Age of The Domostroi, 1462-1695; 3 Empresses and Serfs, 1695-1855; 4 Industrialization and Urbanization, 1855-1914; 5 Activist Women and Revolutionary Change, 1890-1930; 6 Toil, Terror, and Triumphs, 1930-53; 7 Making Better Lives, 1953-1991; 8 Gains and Losses, 1991-2010; Conclusions Notes; Bibliography; Index
"The product of a lifetime of engagement by one of the pre-eminent authorities on the history of Russian women, the book reflects the author's deep expertise in primary sources as well as her familiarity with the secondary literature." Choi Chatterjee, California State University Los Angeles
About Barbara Evans Clements
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.