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Everyday Life in Russian History
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In a career spanning nearly four decades Daniel Kaiser has produced a wealth of studies illuminating otherwise little understood aspects of society and culture in medieval and early modern Russia. He pioneered the use of anthropology in the study of Russian law, and he has stood at the forefront of applying statistical methods to the study of daily life in Russia, while maintaining a sensitivity to the cultural contexts within which the records were generated. His scholarship has changed the way we understand popular notions of time, the veneration of icons, naming patterns, burial practices, and a host of other topics that collectively unveil the intimate world of family and community among elites and peasants alike. The 23 scholars who have contributed to this volume have come together in tribute to Dan Kaiser and his multiple contributions to Russian history. In keeping with his areas of interests the editors and authors have constructed the volume around the theme of everyday life in Russian history.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. From the Editors
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Life and Manners at Court
  2. p. 3
  1. The Public Face of Private Life: The Family-Presentation Ritual in Muscovite Russia
  2. pp. 5-22
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  1. Praying for Health, Heirs, Victory over Enemies, and Prosperity: Projecting the Interests of Dynasty through Gifts at Muscovite Royal Weddings
  2. pp. 23-42
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  1. “It Is Not at Present the Century of Women”: Russian Noblewomen and Court Culture in the Era of Female Rule
  2. pp. 43-60
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  1. Hunting for Dogs in 17th-Century Muscovy
  2. pp. 61-82
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  1. Sacred Spaces and Cloisters
  2. p. 83
  1. Fashioning Ideals of Monasticism and Womanhood: The Nizhnii Novgorod Convent of the Exaltation of the Cross, 1802–57
  2. pp. 85-102
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  1. Economic Reconstruction or Corporate Raiding? The Borisoglebskii Monastery in Torzhok and the Ascription of Monasteries in the 17th Century
  2. pp. 103-125
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  1. A Saint’s Intimate Life: The Diariusz of Dimitrii Rostovskii
  2. pp. 127-144
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  1. Sites of Veneration, Sites of Memory: The City of Dmitrov and Its Spiritual Symbols
  2. pp. 145-166
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  1. The Experience of War
  2. p. 167
  1. Brothers-in-Arms: Kinship and Military Service during the Reign of Ivan IV
  2. pp. 169-185
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  1. War and Peace: Rus’ and the Mongols in the 13th and 14th Centuries
  2. pp. 187-201
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  1. The Replacement of the Composite Reflex Bow by Firearms in the Muscovite Cavalry
  2. pp. 203-227
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  1. The Countryside, Real and Imagined
  2. p. 229
  1. The Heritability of Pomest’e Estates in 16th-Century Muscovy: An Analysis of the Experiences of Four Service Families
  2. pp. 231-246
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  1. The Great Reformers and the World They Did Not Know: Drafting the Emancipation Legislation in Russia, 1858–61
  2. pp. 247-275
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  1. Peasant Marriage Custom According to the Birth Registries of Riazan’ and Viatka
  2. pp. 277-282
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  1. The Evolution of the Gentry in Russia in the 17th Century
  2. pp. 305-314
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  1. Disciplining the Body and Mind
  2. p. 315
  1. To Discipline Those Who Teach: The Penetration of Petrine Educational Reforms into Russian Educational Practice
  2. pp. 317-328
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  1. Beginning a Civilizing Process: Handbooks of Morals and Behavior in Early Modern Russia
  2. pp. 329-343
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  1. Murder as “Intertextual Death” in Late Imperial Russia
  2. pp. 345-357
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  1. Torture, Truth, and Embodying the Intangible in Muscovite Witchcraft Trials
  2. pp. 359-373
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  1. Kaiseriana
  2. p. 375
  1. Appreciating The Growth of Law in Medieval Russia
  2. pp. 377-390
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  1. Publications of Daniel H. Kaiser
  2. pp. 391-397
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