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A Russian Merchant's Tale: The Life and Adventures of Ivan Alekseevich Tolchenov, Based on His Diary - Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian & East European Studies (Hardback)David L. Ransel (author)
Hardback Published: 25/11/2008
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Based on the rare diary of an 18th-century Russian provincial merchant, "A Russian Merchant's Tale" presents a revealing portrait of Russia's little-known commercial class. By recording his daily contacts with a wide array of individuals from lords to labourers for more than 40 years, Ivan Alekseevich Tolch'nov opened a window onto the education, work, birth, death, marriage, business, civic, holiday, and religious practices of a social group about which little has been known. Using the tools of micro-history to interpret the diary, David L. Ransel vividly brings to life Tolch'nov's self-construction, his relations with family and society, and his entire world of aspirations, achievements, and failures. Challenging prevailing stereotypes of Russian merchants as tradition-bound and narrow-minded, "A Russian Merchant's Tale" offers important new insights into the social history of imperial Russia.
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Weight: 703 g
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 28 mm
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