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Christine D. Worobec is Board of Trustees Professor and Distinguished Research Professor at Northern Illinois University.
Chapter 1: Fashion and the Rise of Consumer Capitalism in Russia
Chapter 2: How One Runaway Peasant Challenged the Authority of the Russian State: The Case Against Maria Semenova
Chapter 3: Life on the River: The Education of a Merchant Youth
Chapter 4: The Good Society of Russian Enlightenment Theater
Chapter 5: The 1827 Peasant Uprising at Bernovo
Chapter 6: Reframing Public and Private Space in Mid-Nineteenth Century Russia: The Triumvirate of Anna Filosofova, Nadezhda Stasova, and Mariia Trubnikova
Chapter 7: Happy Birthday, Siberia! Reform and Public Opinion in Russia's "Colony," 1881–1882
Chapter 8: Life in the Big City: Migrants Cope with "Daily Events"
Chapter 9: Freedom and its Limitations: A Peasant Wife Seeks to Escape her Abusive Husband
Chapter 10: "She Done Him In": Marital Breakdown in a Jewish Family
Chapter 11: Serving the Household, Asserting the Self: Urban Domestic Servant Activism, 1900–1917
Chapter 12: Plebeian Poets in Fin de Siècle Russia: Stories of the Self
Without exception, all of the essays in this collection are eminently readable and each provides keen insights into Russian society and history. . . . Will fascinate general readers, students of all ages, social historians, and anyone interested in Russian history. . . . Useful as a supplemental text in college-level courses in Russian history, as well as social history and anthropology courses.
— Boris Segel; History In Review
Historians of Anglo-Russian relations and Protestantism in early nineteenth century Russia will find much of interest here.
— Susan Smith-Peter; The Russian Review
There is much to recommend this slim volume for the general public aware of only the most basic details of imperial Russian social history. Worobec has done a splendid job of editing the book and has provided each chapter with a useful abstract, set of questions, and suggested readings that are mostly in English. Additionally, each contribution is brief and written in a lively and engaging style. . . . As a whole, this volume succeeds in placing Imperial Russia within the human tradition.
— Canadian Slavonic Papers
Benefiting from a treasure-trove of archival sources, these twelve wide-ranging analyses offer abundant insights into individual and collective lives under tsardom. The volume showcases the ample intellectual rewards of intertwining personal narratives with national policies and imperial aspirations.
— Helena Goscilo, University of Pittsburgh
Some of the most important issues of Imperial Russian history are best illustrated by looking carefully at aspects and episodes of everyday life. In this superb collection, well-known scholars explore the Russian 'human condition' in fascinating and informative detail. Christine Worobec has provided us with a marvelous teaching tool as well as a volume of first-rate scholarship.
— William G. Rosenberg, University of Michigan