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Letters from Vladivostok, 1894-1930
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In 1894, Eleanor L. Pray left her New England home to move to Vladivostok in the Russian Far East with her husband, a merchant apprentice. Over the next thirty-six years— from the time of Tsar Alexander III to the early years of Stalin’s rule—she wrote over 2,000 letters chronicling her family life and the tumultuous social and political events she witnessed. Vladivostok, 5,600 miles east of Moscow, was shaped by a rich intersection of European and Asian cultures, and Pray’s witty and observant writing paints a vivid picture of the city and its denizens during a period of momentous social change. The book offers highlights from Pray’s letters along with illuminating historical and biographical information.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. List of Place Names
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Maps
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. Introduction: Between the Two Bays: Eleanor Pray’s Vladivostok, 1894–1930
  2. pp. xvii-xxviii
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  1. Biographical Sketch: The Smiths and the Prays
  2. pp. xxix-xxxi
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  1. Part I. The People
  2. pp. 3-37
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  1. 1. A Victorian Home in Siberia
  2. pp. 5-26
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  1. 2. Women’s Work and Leisure
  2. pp. 27-44
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  1. Part II. The City
  2. pp. 45-79
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  1. 3. Vladivostok Scenes
  2. pp. 47-63
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  1. 4. Historic Names
  2. pp. 64-83
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  1. 5. Life at the Dacha [Includes Image Plates]
  2. pp. 84-122
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  1. Part III. The History
  2. pp. 123-157
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  1. 6. The Russo-Japanese War, 1904–1905
  2. pp. 125-145
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  1. 7. The Riots of 1905–1906
  2. pp. 146-159
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  1. 8. Wars, Revolutions, and Foreign Intervention
  2. pp. 160-193
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  1. 9. A Window Flung Open: New Beginnings
  2. pp. 194-216
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 217-220
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  1. Glossary of Uncommon Terms Frequently Used by Eleanor Pray
  2. pp. 221-222
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  1. Appendix: Biographical Notes on Persons Frequently Mentioned in the Letters
  2. pp. 223-228
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 229-249
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 251-260
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-276
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