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Village Mothers: Three Generations of Change in Russia and Tataria (Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian & East European Studies) Hardcover – January 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Series: Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian & East European Studies
  • Hardcover: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253338255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253338259
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,000,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As much of this study is based on oral histories from a spread of villages across central European Russia it provides fascinating insights into shifts in women's perceptions and behaviors spanning much of the twentieth century. It is the scope of these personal histories and the detail they have generated which make this book particularly impressive... a very accessible and colorful text." --Susan Bridger

About the Author

David L. Ransel is Professor of History and Director of the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington. He has served as editor of Slavic Review and American Historical Review. He is author of The Politics of Catherinian Russia: The Panin Party and Mothers of Misery: Child Abandonment in Russia. He is also editor of The Family in Imperial Russia: New Lines of Historical Research, Village Life in Late Tsarist Russia (Indiana University Press), and co-editor (with Jane Burbank) of Imperial Russia: New Histories for the Empire (Indiana University Press).

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jens Stoltenberg on March 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Most people outside Russia perceive it as a Slavic, Christian nation. That is a wrong way of looking at it. Russia is a symbiosis of Slavic/Christian and Turkic/Muslim elements. David L. Ransel's fascinating book reflects this dual nature of Russia and gives an insight into its complex inner soul. A wealth of details and astute observations make this book a pleasure to read.
Most recent books about Russia concentrate on its urban aspects or on its general political or economic aspects. Unlike them, Village Mothers presents a picture of its rural life. Russia has been a largely rural, agricultural country for many centuries. Its industrialization started only a few decade ago. That's why it is important to understand the village life in Russia. David Ransel's book helps to do just that.
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