Cultures in Flux by Stephen Frank, Stephen Frank, Mark D. Steinberg

By Stephen Frank, Stephen Frank, Mark D. Steinberg

The preferred tradition of city and rural tsarist Russia printed a dynamic and afflicted international. Stephen Frank and Mark Steinberg have amassed right here a various selection of essays through Western and Russian students who query traditional interpretations and remember overlooked tales approximately well known habit, politics, and tradition. What emerges is a brand new photo of lower-class lifestyles, during which traditions and techniques intermingled and social barriers and identities have been battered and reconstructed. The authors vividly show the power in addition to the contradictions of social existence in previous regime Russia, whereas additionally confronting difficulties of interpretation, technique, and cultural concept. They inform of peasant loss of life rites and spiritual ideals, kinfolk relationships and brutalities, defiant peasant ladies, people songs, city entertainment parks, expressions of well known patriotism, the penny press, employees' notions of the self, road hooliganism, and makes an attempt by way of knowledgeable Russians to rework well known festivities. jointly, the authors painting pop culture now not as a static, separate global, yet because the dynamic capacity wherein lower-class Russians engaged the area round them. as well as the editors, the members to this quantity are Daniel R. Brower, Barbara Alpern Engel, Hubertus F. Jahn, Al'bin M. Konechnyi, Boris N. Mironov, Joan Neuberger, Robert A. Rothstein, and Christine D. Worobec.

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The women placed their children on the ground in front of them and blocked the surveyor’s path. Each time he tried to proceed in a different direction, the women threw their infants under a bush directly in his way, then screened the bush with their bodies. The police proved unable to disperse the women or to remove the children. Undeterred by the presence of the police, the women tore the surveyor’s stake out of the ground and broke it, to the men’s shouts of encouragement. 1 This incident combined most of the elements that characterized Russian peasant women’s resistance in the decades between the emancipation of the serfs and the outbreak of World War I.

2 WOMEN, MEN, AND THE LANGUAGES OF PEASANT RESISTANCE, 1870–1907 Barbara Alpern Engel O N SEPTEMBER 16, 1872, the former state peasants of Zhilomostnoe and Pravorot’ villages in Kursk province confronted the official who had come to survey their land at the governor’s orders. The entire population of the villages stood facing the surveyor, the women with babies at their breast in the forefront. ” the women placed their children on the ground in front of them and blocked the surveyor’s path. Each time he tried to proceed in a different direction, the women threw their infants under a bush directly in his way, then screened the bush with their bodies.

Now she knew that her husband’s sins had been forgiven. The story is recorded in Semenov, “Smert’ i dusha,” 233. In Poshekhon’e district, Iaroslavl’ province, the ringing of bells was also thought to rescue souls from hell. Balov, “Ocherki Poshekhon’ia,” 92. 71 Hnatiuk, “Pokhoronni zvychai,” 403. 72 Devlin, Superstitious Mind, 80. 73 Matt. 3:28–34. 28 CHRISTINE D. WOROBEC cause a corpse to bloat to twice its original size. ” Corpses also change color and continue to bleed. Russian and Ukrainian peasants, like their European counterparts, were not imagining the sounds they heard from the graves.

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