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A Life Under Russian Serfdom,9789637326158

A Life Under Russian Serfdom

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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 4/30/2005
Publisher(s): BOOKS INTERNATIONAL
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Summary

This is a translation of one of the very few Russian serfs' memoirs. Savva Purlevskii recollects his life in Russian serfdom and the lives of his grandparents, parents, and fellow villagers. He describes family communal life and the serfs' daily interaction with landlords and authorities. Purlevskii came from an initially prosperous family that later became impoverished. Early in his childhood, he lost his father. Purlevskii did not have a chance to gain a formal education. He lived under serfdom until 1831 when at the age of 30, he escaped his servitude.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii
Notes on the Translation ix
Introduction 1(20)
The Memoirs of Sawa Dmitrevich Purlevskii, 1800-1868 21(90)
Preface
23(4)
Our Village, Its Inhabitants and Owners
27(16)
My Grandfather
43(8)
Myself, My Childhood, and My Family
51(12)
And My Adult Life Began
63(8)
My Marriage, My Landlord, My Trade, and Other Things
71(8)
Life Outside the Village Observed
79(16)
The Bitterness of Serfdom Realized
95(8)
My Activities in Estate Life
103(6)
My Future Fate Resolved
109(2)
Epilogue 111(4)
Index 115

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