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

By Katherine Pickering Antonova

ISBN-10: 0199796998

ISBN-13: 9780199796991

An traditional 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 kids, at a time whilst family ideology advocating a woman's position in the house was once at its top in ecu suggestion manuals. yet Andrei Chikhachev outlined masculinity as a realm of intellectualism; the daddy may be in control of ethical schooling, outlined as an highbrow job. coping with estates that frequently slightly yielded a livable source of revenue was once a realistic job and as a result thought of much less increased, notwithstanding nonetheless very important to the family's pursuits. hence property administration used to be on hand to gentry ladies like Natalia Chikhacheva, and the truth that it unavoidably increased their realm of effect and chance (within the boundaries in their estates), and that it elevated their centrality to the family's fabric safety relative to their social opposite numbers to the west, was once accidental.

An usual Marriage examines the day-by-day actions and ideas of the family members in accordance with a number of overlapping diaries and casual correspondence via the husband, spouse, and son of the family members, in addition to the wife's brother. No such cache of intimate Russian relations records has ever formerly been studied in such intensity. The family's relative obscurity (with no pretensions to repute, wealth, or impression) and the presence of a woman's deepest records are in particular strange in any context. The ebook considers the Chikhachevs' social existence, interpreting conduct, attitudes towards sickness and dying, in addition to their marital roles and their reception of significant principles in their time, comparable to domesticity, Enlightenment, sentimentalism, and Romanticism.

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