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Katherine Pickering Antonova's An Ordinary Marriage: The World of a Gentry Family in PDF

By Katherine Pickering Antonova

An usual Marriage is the tale of the Chikhachevs, middling-income gentry landowners in nineteenth-century provincial Russia. In a probably unusual contradiction, the mum of this kinfolk, Natalia, oversaw serf exertions and controlled funds whereas the daddy, Andrei, raised the youngsters, at a time whilst family ideology advocating a woman's position in the house was once at its peak in eu suggestion manuals. yet Andrei Chikhachev outlined masculinity as a realm of intellectualism; the daddy might be answerable for ethical schooling, outlined as an highbrow job. coping with estates that frequently slightly yielded a livable source of revenue used to be a pragmatic activity and accordingly thought of much less increased, notwithstanding nonetheless very important to the family's pursuits. therefore property administration used to be to be had to gentry ladies like Natalia Chikhacheva, and the truth that it unavoidably multiplied their realm of impact and chance (within the boundaries in their estates), and that it elevated their centrality to the family's fabric protection relative to their social opposite numbers to the west, used to be accidental.

An usual Marriage examines the day-by-day actions and ideas of the family members in response to a number of overlapping diaries and casual correspondence via the husband, spouse, and son of the kinfolk, in addition to the wife's brother. No such cache of intimate Russian kin files has ever formerly been studied in such intensity. The family's relative obscurity (with no pretensions to status, wealth, or impression) and the presence of a woman's deepest files are specially strange in any context. The ebook considers the Chikhachevs' social existence, analyzing behavior, attitudes towards ailment and demise, in addition to their marital roles and their reception of significant rules in their time, akin to domesticity, Enlightenment, sentimentalism, and Romanticism.

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