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Asked shortly after the revolution about how she viewed the new government, Tatiana Varsher replied, "With the wide-open eyes of a historian." Her countrywoman, Zinaida Zhemchuzhnaia, expressed a similar need to take note: "I want to write about the way those events were perceived and reflected in the humble and distant corner of Russia that was the Cossack town of Korenovskaia." What these women witnessed and experienced, and what they were moved to describe, is part of the extraordinary portrait of life in revolutionary Russia presented in this book. A collection of life stories of Russian women in the first half of the twentieth century, In the Shadow of Revolution brings together the testimony of Soviet citizens and émigrés, intellectuals of aristocratic birth and Soviet milkmaids, housewives and engineers, Bolshevik activists and dedicated opponents of the Soviet regime. In literary memoirs, oral interviews, personal dossiers, public speeches, and letters to the editor, these women document their diverse experience of the upheavals that reshaped Russia in the first half of this century.

As is characteristic of twentieth-century Russian women's autobiographies, these life stories take their structure not so much from private events like childbirth or marriage as from great public events. Accordingly the collection is structured around the events these women see as touchstones: the Revolution of 1917 and the Civil War of 1918-20; the switch to the New Economic Policy in the 1920s and collectivization; and the Stalinist society of the 1930s, including the Great Terror. Edited by two preeminent historians of Russia and the Soviet Union, the volume includes introductions that investigate the social historical context of these women's lives as well as the structure of their autobiographical narratives.

Synopsis:

"A pleasure to read and hugely absorbing. The variations in the memoirs, the clear evidence that many were written under extremely circumscribed conditions, gives one of the best introductions possible to Soviet history. Hearing the voices of individuals writing in different eras gives the reader a sense not only of the experiences women lived through (many of them terribly tragic) but also of the language they used and the terms in which they thought about their own life experiences."--Elizabeth A. Wood, MIT

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Asked shortly after the revolution about how she viewed the new government, Tatiana Varsher replied, "With the wide-open eyes of a historian." Her countrywoman, Zinaida Zhemchuzhnaia, expressed a similar need to take note: "I want to write about the way those events were perceived and reflected in the humble and distant corner of Russia that was the Cossack town of Korenovskaia." What these women witnessed and experienced, and what they were moved to describe, is part of the extraordinary portrait of life in revolutionary Russia presented in this book. A collection of life stories of Russian women in the first half of the twentieth century, In the Shadow of Revolution brings together the testimony of Soviet citizens and émigrés, intellectuals of aristocratic birth and Soviet milkmaids, housewives and engineers, Bolshevik activists and dedicated opponents of the Soviet regime. In literary memoirs, oral interviews, personal dossiers, public speeches, and letters to the editor, these women document their diverse experience of the upheavals that reshaped Russia in the first half of this century.

As is characteristic of twentieth-century Russian women's autobiographies, these life stories take their structure not so much from private events like childbirth or marriage as from great public events. Accordingly the collection is structured around the events these women see as touchstones: the Revolution of 1917 and the Civil War of 1918-20; the switch to the New Economic Policy in the 1920s and collectivization; and the Stalinist society of the 1930s, including the Great Terror. Edited by two preeminent historians of Russia and the Soviet Union, the volume includes introductions that investigate the social historical context of these women's lives as well as the structure of their autobiographical narratives.

Table of Contents

PREFACE vii

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ix

Introduction 3

Sheila Fitzpatrick, Lives and Times 3

Yuri Slezkine, Lives as Tales 18

PART I. Civil War as a Way of Life (1917-1920) 31

1. Ekaterina Olitskaia, My Reminiscences (1) 33

2. Anna Litveiko, In 1917 49

3. P. E. Melgunova-Stepanova, Where Laughter Is Never Heard 66

4. Anna Andzhievskaia, A Mother's Story 73

5. Zinaida Zhemchuzhnaia, The Road to Exile 82

6. Nadezhda Krupskaia, Autobiography 111

7. Tatiana Varsher, Things Seen and Suffered 113

8. Zinaida Patrikeeva, Cavalry Boy 118

9. Irina Elenevskaia, Recollections 123

10. Sofia Volkonskaia, The Way of Bitterness 140

PART II. Toward "New Forms of Life" (The 1920s) 167

11. Agrippina Korevanova, My Life 169

12. Anonymous, What Am I to Do? 207

13. Ekaterina Olitskaia, My Reminiscences (2) 209

14. Paraskeva Ivanova, Why I Do Not Belong in the Party 213

15. Maria Belskaia, Arina's Children 219

16. Antonina Solovieva, Sent by the Komsomol 235

17. Nenila Bazeleva et al., Peasant Narratives (1) 241

18. Anna Balashova, A Worker's Life 243

19. Valentina Bogdan, Students in the First Five-Year Plan 252

20. Alla Kiparenko, Building the City of Youth 277

21. Anna Iankovskaia, A Belomor Confession 282

22. Lidia Libedinskaia, The Green Lamp 286

PART III. "Life Has Become Merrier" (The 1930s) 303

23. Pasha Angelina, The Most Important Thing 305

24. Efrosinia Kislova et al., Peasant Narratives (2) 322

25. Fruma Treivas, We Were Fighting for an Idea! 324

26. N. I. Slavnikova et al., Speeches by Stakhanovites 331

27. Ulianova, A Cross-Examination 342

28. Anna Shchetinina, A Sea Captain's Story 350

29. Kh. Khuttonen, Farewell to the Komsomol 354

30. Anastasia Plotnikova, Autobiography 356

31. A. V. Vlasovskaia et al., Speeches by Stakhanovites' Wives 359

32. Inna Shikheeva-Gaister, A Family Chronicle 367

33. Evdokia Maslennikova, The Story of My Life 391

34. Valentina Bogdan, Memoirs of an Engineer 394

35. Frida Troib et al., Engineers' Wives 419

36. Ekaterina Olitskaia, My Reminiscences (3) 424

GLOSSARY 435

INDEX 437

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691019499
Subtitle:
Life Stories of Russian Women from 1917 to the Second World War
Editor:
Fitzpatrick, Sheila; Slezkine, Yuri
Editor:
Fitzpatrick, Sheila
Editor:
Slezkine, Yuri
Author:
Slezkine, Yuri
Author:
Fitzpatrick, Sheila
Editor:
Slezkine, Yuri
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, NJ :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
European History
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Comparative Literature
Subject:
Soviet Union History 1925-1953.
Subject:
Soviet Union History 1917-1936.
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
9650
Publication Date:
May 2000
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
456
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 23 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "A pleasure to read and hugely absorbing. The variations in the memoirs, the clear evidence that many were written under extremely circumscribed conditions, gives one of the best introductions possible to Soviet history. Hearing the voices of individuals writing in different eras gives the reader a sense not only of the experiences women lived through (many of them terribly tragic) but also of the language they used and the terms in which they thought about their own life experiences."--Elizabeth A. Wood, MIT
"Synopsis" by , Asked shortly after the revolution about how she viewed the new government, Tatiana Varsher replied, "With the wide-open eyes of a historian." Her countrywoman, Zinaida Zhemchuzhnaia, expressed a similar need to take note: "I want to write about the way those events were perceived and reflected in the humble and distant corner of Russia that was the Cossack town of Korenovskaia." What these women witnessed and experienced, and what they were moved to describe, is part of the extraordinary portrait of life in revolutionary Russia presented in this book. A collection of life stories of Russian women in the first half of the twentieth century, In the Shadow of Revolution brings together the testimony of Soviet citizens and émigrés, intellectuals of aristocratic birth and Soviet milkmaids, housewives and engineers, Bolshevik activists and dedicated opponents of the Soviet regime. In literary memoirs, oral interviews, personal dossiers, public speeches, and letters to the editor, these women document their diverse experience of the upheavals that reshaped Russia in the first half of this century.

As is characteristic of twentieth-century Russian women's autobiographies, these life stories take their structure not so much from private events like childbirth or marriage as from great public events. Accordingly the collection is structured around the events these women see as touchstones: the Revolution of 1917 and the Civil War of 1918-20; the switch to the New Economic Policy in the 1920s and collectivization; and the Stalinist society of the 1930s, including the Great Terror. Edited by two preeminent historians of Russia and the Soviet Union, the volume includes introductions that investigate the social historical context of these women's lives as well as the structure of their autobiographical narratives.

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