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Breaking the Ties That Bound: The Politics of Marital Strife in Late Imperial Russia

Barbara Alpern Engel


Russia's Great Reforms of 1861 were sweeping social and legal changes that aimed to modernize the country. In the following decades, rapid industrialization and urbanization profoundly transformed Russia's social, economic, and cultural landscape. This book explores the personal, cultural, and political consequences of these dramatic changes, focusing on their impact on intimate life and expectations and the resulting challenges to the traditional, patriarchal family order, the cornerstone of Russia's authoritarian political and religious regime. The widely perceived “marriage crisis” had far- ... More

Keywords: imperial Russia, Great Reforms 1861, industrialization, urbanization, Russian politics, marriage, domesticity, childrearing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449512
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449512.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Alpern Engel, author
University of Colorado, Boulder