Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Thunder on the Steppe: Volga German Folklife in a Changing Russia 1st Edition

4 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0914222255
ISBN-10: 0914222252
Why is ISBN important?
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
More Buying Choices
8 New from $59.86 18 Used from $12.42
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student

Save Up to 90% on Textbooks Textbooks

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: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 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: #1,935,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
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.
Read more ›
Comment 7 of 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
Comment 4 of 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?