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A Russian Merchant's Tale: The Life and Adventures of Ivan Alekseevich Tolchenov, Based on His Diary (Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian and East European Studies)

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Based on the rare diary of an 18th-century Russian provincial merchant, A Russian Merchant's Tale presents a revealing portrait of Russia's little-known commercial class. By recording his daily contacts with a wide array of individuals from lords to laborers for more than 40 years, Ivan Alekseevich Tolchënov opened a window onto the education, work, birth, death, marriage, business, civic, holiday, and religious practices of a social group about which little has been known. Using the tools of microhistory to interpret the diary, David L. Ransel vividly brings to life Tolchënov's self-construction, his relations with family and society, and his entire world of aspirations, achievements, and failures. Challenging prevailing stereotypes of Russian merchants as tradition-bound and narrow-minded, A Russian Merchant's Tale offers important new insights into the social history of imperial Russia.

Synopsis:

The daily lives of an 18th-century Russian merchant family

About the Author

David L. Ransel is Robert F. Byrnes Professor of History and Director of the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is author of Village Mothers: Three Generations of Change in Russia and Tataria (IUP, 2005) and editor (with Jane Burbank) of Imperial Russia: New Histories for the Empire (IUP, 1998).

Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments

Introduction

Maps

1. The Setting, Education, Youth, and Marriage

2. Local Politics during Ivan's Youth

3. Junior Member of the Family Firm: Merchant Life in Dmitrov

4. Young Paterfamilias

5. Leading Citizen

6. Eminent Trickster

7. Moscow Townsman

8. A New Equilibrium

Conclusion

Appendix: Genealogical Table for the Family of Boris Tolchënov

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253220202
Author:
Ransel, David L.
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
History
Subject:
General
Subject:
Business
Subject:
Tolchenov, Ivan Alekseevich
Subject:
Merchants - Russia (Federation) -
Subject:
Biography/Business
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Eurasian Studies; Autobiography; Culture; East European; Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century; History; Memoirs and Letters; Russia; Russian; Social and Cultural Theory
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian and East European Studies
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 bandw photos, 5 maps
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 in

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History and Social Science » Russia » General Russian History
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