Katherine Pickering Antonova

in An Ordinary Marriage

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199796991
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979721 | DOI:

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In addition to summarizing and synthesizing the arguments made throughout the book, the conclusion follows the Chikhachev family into the next generation, exploring the very different world Aleksei Chikhachev faced after the emancipation of the serfs in 1861. The conclusion discusses how ideas like Andrei’s, though common among this important group of conservative, landed, middling gentry, were not ultimately influential, and how this affected their fates, and the fate of the famous big “Questions” of the 1860s, ’1870s, and ’1880s—about the role of women, of the peasants, and the definition of the Russian nation. Some of the fissures that divided imperial Russian society in the decades preceding the Revolution emanated from the disjuncture between traditional modes of understanding family, gender, and duty, and the increasingly influential rhetoric from the West that was based on quite different political and social developments.

Keywords: family model of the state; emancipation; great reforms; domesticity; professionalization; women; nationality; middle class; middling groups

Chapter.  5590 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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