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Resilient Russian Women in the 1920s & 1930s

ByMarcelline Hutton

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The stories of Russian educated women, peasants, prisoners, workers, wives, and mothers of the 1920s and 1930s show how work, marriage, family, religion, and even patriotism helped sustain them during harsh times. The Russian Revolution launched an eco­nomic and social upheaval that released peasant women from the control of traditional extended families. It promised urban women equality and created opportunities for employment and higher education. Yet, the revolution did little to eliminate Russian patriarchal culture, which continued to undermine women’s social, sexual, eco­nomic, and political conditions. Divorce and abortion became more widespread, but birth control remained limited, and sexual liberation meant greater freedom for men than for women. The transformations that women needed to gain true equality were postponed by the pov­erty of the new state and the political agendas of leaders like Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin.

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Publication Date
Aug 19, 2015
Language
English
ISBN
9781609620684
Category
History
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Marcelline Hutton

Specifications

Pages
434
Binding
Paperback
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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