Village Mothers

Village Mothers : Three Generations of Change in Russia and Tataria

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"[A]n outstanding work of historical ethnography.... The book offers wonderful insight into how women created and understood the great changes of the 20th century. It is unique in its scope and its intimate knowledge of rural life." -Russian Review"[A] major contribution to the field.... an important book that should be of considerable interest to medical historians and historians of peasants, the family, and of women." -American Historical ReviewVillage Mothers describes the reception of modern medical ideas and practices by three generations of Russian and Tatar village women in the 20th century. Using the village mothers' own words, David L. Ransel shows how the women mediated the inherited beliefs of their families and communities, the claims of the state to control reproduction, and their personal desires for a better life.show more

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  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 146 x 222 x 24mm | 521.64g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 30 b&w photos, 1 maps, 1 bibliog., 1 index
  • 0253218209
  • 9780253218209

About David L. Ransel

David L. Ransel is Robert F. Byrnes Professor of History and Director of the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington.show more

Table of contents

1. Child Welfare before the Revolution2. Soviet Efforts to Transform Village Mothering3. Courtship and Marriage4. Fertility Choices5. Giving Birth6. Baptism and Equivalent Muslim Rites7. Coping with Infant Death8. Child Care9. Conclusion: Life and Loyalty in Hard TimesAppendix A: List of InformantsAppendix B: QuestionnaireNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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"[A]n outstanding work of historical ethnography... The book offers wonderful insight into how women created and understood the great changes of the 20th century. It is unique in its scope and its intimate knowledge of rural life." --Russian Review "[A] major contribution to the field... an important book that should be of considerable interest to medical historians and historians of peasants, the family, and of women." --American Historical Reviewshow more