A Russian Merchants Tale: The Life and Adventures of Ivan Alekseevich Tolchenov, Based on His Diary David L. Ransel

ISBN: 9780253352361

Published: November 1st 2008

Hardcover

352 pages


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A Russian Merchants Tale: The Life and Adventures of Ivan Alekseevich Tolchenov, Based on His Diary  by  David L. Ransel

A Russian Merchants Tale: The Life and Adventures of Ivan Alekseevich Tolchenov, Based on His Diary by David L. Ransel
November 1st 2008 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 352 pages | ISBN: 9780253352361 | 8.20 Mb

Based on the rare diary of an 18th-century Russian provincial merchant, A Russian Merchants Tale presents a revealing portrait of Russias little-known commercial class. By recording his daily contacts with a wide array of individuals from lords toMoreBased on the rare diary of an 18th-century Russian provincial merchant, A Russian Merchants Tale presents a revealing portrait of Russias little-known commercial class.

By recording his daily contacts with a wide array of individuals from lords to laborers for more than 40 years, Ivan Alekseevich Tolchenov 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 microhistory to interpret the diary, David L. Ransel vividly brings to life Tolchenovs 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 Merchants Tale offers important new insights into the social history of imperial Russia.



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