- 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: #1,796,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thunder on the Steppe: Volga German Folklife in a Changing Russia 1st Edition
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(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 ›