A Revolution of Their Own
Voices of Women in Soviet History
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Revolution of Their Own by Barbara Alpern Engel
Book DescriptionThe stories of these eight Russian women offer an extremely rare perspective into personal life in the Soviet era. Some were from the poor peasantry and working class, groups in whose name the revolution was carried out and who sometimes gained unprecedented opportunities after the revolution. Others, born to "misfortune" as the daughters of nobles, parish priests, or those peasants termed well-to-do, suffered bitterly as enemies to a new government. The women interviewed here speak candidly about family life, work, sexual relations, marriage and divorce, childbirth and childbearing, and legalized abortion and the underground pursuit of such services after abortion was outlawed in 1936.As no previous book has done, A Revolution of Their Own illuminates the harsh reality of women's daily lives in the Soviet Union as well as reveals the accomplishments made possible by the expanded opportunities that the new Soviet government provided for women. Their stories show why many Russian women continue to take pride in the public achievements of the Soviet period despite, or perhaps because of, the painful price each was made to pay.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813333663
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 7-Nov-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Barbara Alpern Engel
Russia in World History, Hardback (July 2015)
A lively introduction to Russia's dramatic history from its origins to the present, this volume concisely describes how its peoples overcame constant challenges, including devastating foreign invasions, to become an ethnically and religiously diverse land empire, the first communist society, and a major world power.
Breaking the Ties That Bound, Paperback (August 2013)
New perspectives on marital relations, domesticity, and intimate life in imperial Russia.
Five Sisters, Paperback (April 2013)
Violent movements opposing existing political orders erupted throughout nineteenth-century Europe, but nowhere was this revolutionary impulse made more dramatically visible than in Russia. This title presents English translations of the memoirs of five Russia's female revolutionaries.
Women in Russia, 1700-2000, Paperback (October 2003)» View all books by Barbara Alpern Engel
A compelling chronological narrative of women's experiences in Russia, from the seventeenth century to the present, first published in 2003.
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Author Biography - Barbara Alpern Engel
Barbara Alpern Engel is professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Anastasia Posadskaya-Vanderbeck is visiting fellow at the Center for Russian, Central, and East European Studies at Rutgers University. Barbara Alpern Engel is professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Anastasia Posadskaya-Vanderbeck is visiting fellow at the Center for Russian, Central, and East European Studies at Rutgers University.
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