"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).