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In the Shadow of Revolution : Life Stories of Russian Women from 1917 to the Second World War - Sheila Fitzpatrick

In the Shadow of Revolution

Life Stories of Russian Women from 1917 to the Second World War

By: Sheila Fitzpatrick (Editor), Yuri Slezkine (Editor)

Paperback Published: 21st May 2000
ISBN: 9780691019499
Number Of Pages: 456

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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 emigres, 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.

"Give[s] depth and human dimension to a place and period too often shrouded in polemics and ideology."--Publishers Weekly "Each autobiography here transforms the story of a private life into the story of the country and the times..."--Kirkus Reviews

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Lives and Timesp. 3
Lives as Talesp. 18
Civil War as a Way of Life (1917-1920)p. 31
My Reminiscences (1)p. 33
In 1917p. 49
Where Laughter Is Never Heardp. 66
A Mother's Storyp. 73
The Road to Exilep. 82
Autobiographyp. 111
Things Seen and Sufferedp. 113
Cavalry Boyp. 118
Recollectionsp. 123
The Way of Bitternessp. 140
Toward "New Forms of Life" (The 1920s)p. 167
My Lifep. 169
What Am I to Do?p. 207
My Reminiscences (2)p. 209
Why I Do Not Belong in the Partyp. 213
Arina's Childrenp. 219
Sent by the Komsomolp. 235
Peasant Narratives (1)p. 241
A Worker's Lifep. 243
Students in the First Five-Year Planp. 252
Building the City of Youthp. 277
A Belomor Confessionp. 282
The Green Lampp. 286
"Life Has Become Merrier" (The 1930s)p. 303
The Most Important Thingp. 305
Peasant Narratives (2)p. 322
We Were Fighting for an Idea!p. 324
Speeches by Stakhanovitesp. 331
A Cross-Examinationp. 342
A Sea Captain's Storyp. 350
Farewell to the Komsomolp. 354
Autobiographyp. 356
Speeches by Stakhanovites' Wivesp. 359
A Family Chroniclep. 367
The Story of My Lifep. 391
Memoirs of an Engineerp. 394
Engineers' Wivesp. 419
My Reminiscences (3)p. 424
Glossaryp. 435
Indexp. 437
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ISBN: 9780691019499
ISBN-10: 0691019495
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 21st May 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 14.5  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.66