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Thunder on the Steppe: Volga German Folklife in a Changing Russia Paperback – June 1, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0914222255 ISBN-10: 0914222252 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Amer Historical Society of Germans; 1st edition (June 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914222252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914222255
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,539,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jim Pivonka on December 1, 2007
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This book is about the folk traditions of Volga Germans remaining in Russia at the end of the Soviet period, and may be of interest both to descendants of Volga Germans who left Russia for other countries on the 19th Century, and to Volga Germans who were displaced to Eastern Russia during the relocation of Russian industry and non-Russian populations (chiefly to Novosibirsd and surrounding regions) at the onset of Hitler's invasion of the Russian heartland. As a consequence of these emigrations, many of the old Volga German villages no longer exist - but the authors of this book visited some which remain.

(It is a matter of some irony that Volga Germans who were displaced to Eastern Russia followed the Kalmyk Nomads whose grazing lands on the Volga were granted to German farmers by Catherine the Great almost two centuries earlier, and who then fled (under conditions that decimated their people) to the East.)

"The authors collected numerous examples of modern Volga German folk traditions in Russia, and many of these are described in Thunder on the Steppe folksongs, folk medicine, proverbs, nicknames, poetry, dialect stories, drinking toasts, and foodways including recipes for Volga style vegetable soup, Gatletta (meat patties), Grebbel, Trockne Nudel, Riwwelkuche, Petschenya (cookies), and other dishes. Shortly after their arrival in Russia, the Kloberdanzes witnessed a country undergoing rapid political and social changes, culminating in a frightening military coup and thunderous collapse of Soviet Communism. A vivid description of the events surrounding the Second Russian Revolution as personally experienced by the two authors in a Volga German village also is included in the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Rosenow on January 11, 2013
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A well written treatise on the trip taken into the heart of Volga German country. The book contains a lot of history as well as a look into the customs, religion, poetry, and recipes of an interesting people who survived a neglectful and repressive government during their early history and became a successful, thriving society, only to lose it all in the end.
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