Aleksandr Nikolaevich Engelgardt's Letters from the country, 1872-1887 / translated and edited by Cathy A. Frierson

Author(s): Ėngelʹgardt, A. N. (Aleksandr Nikolaevich), 1832-1893
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Subjects: Peasants--Russia--History--19th century
Peasants--Russia--Social conditions
Agriculture--Economic aspects--Russia
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English, Russian (translated from)
Audience: Unspecified
Published: New York : Oxford University Press, 1993
LC Classification: H, HD
Table of Contents: Glossary
Introduction 3
Letter I 21
Daily Life with the Peasants on My Estate 22
Village Poverty and Charity: Crusts of Bread 28
My Natural Healer: The "Old Woman" 32
Village Justice 34
Letter II 36
The Peasants' Poverty and Dependence on Local Gentry Landowners 37
The Peasant Thief Kostik and the Volost Court 39
The Question of Public Health in the Countryside 45
The Rural Clergy 47
My Trip to the Zemstvo Elections 48
Letter III 51
Work Done "Out of Respect" 52
Trespassing and the Peasants' Sense of Private Property 59
Peasant Fatalism and Attitudes toward Agricultural Innovation 64
The Subsistence Nature of Russian Agriculture 72
Letter IV 79
"Rogues Exist to Teach Fools to Be on Guard" 80
Honesty and Industry of the Russian Peasant 83
Individualism in Peasant Farming 86
A Visit to the Local Agricultural Exhibition 87
Letter V 102
Old Lyska 103
The Role of Peasant Women in the Rural Economy 112
Peasant Individualism in Labor 115
Peasants as Skilled Laborers 122
Intelligence of the Russian Peasant 125
Letter VI 134
Rural Responses to the Russo-Turkish War 135
Letter VII 156
The Diggers' Artel as a Model of Collective Labor 157
Extended Peasant Households, Collective Labor, and Prosperity 163
Individualism of the Peasant Woman 166
The Futility of Legislation for the Village 169
The Peasant Economy in Post-Emancipation Russia 170
Letter VIII 184
New District Officials 185
Persecution of Local Jews 193
Bureaucratic Measures to Prevent Plague 195
My Descent into Alcoholism 198
Letter IX 203
The Economics of Seasonal Labor for the Peasant 204
Letter X 210
Prospering Peasants in the "Happy Little Corner" 211
The Peasant Exploiter: The Kulak 223
Letter XI 228
Peasants' Rumors about the Land 228
Letter XII 239
Peasant Land Purchases and Local Farming 239
The Promise of Phosphorite Fertilizer for Russian Agriculture 245
Notes 256
Bibliography of Related Works 269
Alternate Title(s): Iz derevni.
Alternate Titles: Letters from the country, 1872-1887
Additional Authors: Frierson, Cathy A
Notes: LCCN: 92039426
ISBN: 0195076214 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0195076206 (alk. paper)
Consists of 12 separate letters which first appeared in the Russian journals Notes of the Fatherland and Herald of Europe
Includes bibliographical references (p. 256-272)
Physical Description: xiii, 272 p., [14] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
OCLC Number: 27149618
ISBN/ISSN: 0195076214

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