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CATHY A. FRIERSON ALL RUSSIA IS BURNINg! A CULTURAL HISTDRY DF FIRE AND ARSDN IN LATE IMPERIAL RUSSIA A Samuel & Althea Stroum Book University of"Washington Press Seattle and London This book is published with the assistance of a grant from the Stroum Book Fund, established through the generosity ofSamuel and Althea Stroum. Copyright © 2002 by the University ofWashington Press Printed in the United States ofAmerica Design by Michelle Dunn Marsh All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Frierson, Cathy A. All Russia is burning! : a cultural history of fire and arson in late Imperial Russia / Cathy A. Frierson. p. cm. "A Samuel and Althea Stroum book." Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-295-98208-X (cloth: alk. paper)-IsBN 0-295-98209-8 (pbk. : alk. paper) 1. Arson-Russia-HistorY-19th centuty. 2. Russia-Social life and customs. 1. Tide. HV6638.5R8 F75 2002 364.16'4-dc21 2001057005 The paper used in this publication is acid-free and recycled from 10 percent post-consumer and at least 50 percent pre-consumer waste. It meets the minimum requirements of American National Standard for Information Sciences-Permanence of Paper for Printed Library Materials, ANSI Z39.48-1984. Permission to incorporate previously published work was generously granted by M. E. Sharpe, Inc., for the article "Of Red Roosters, Revenge, and the Search for Justice: Rural Arson in European Russia in the Late Imperial Era" (in ReformingJustice in Russia, 18641996 : Power, Culture, and the Limits o/Legal Order, edited by Peter H. Solomon, Jr., 1997, pp. 107-130); the Slavonic andEast European Review for the article '''I must always answer to the law...': Rules and Responses at the Reformed Volost' Court" (April 1997, pp. 308-334); and Canadian Slavonic Papers for the article "Apocalyptic Visions and Rational Responses: Fire Narratives in Fin-de-Siecle Russia" (Sept.-Dec. 1996, pp. 357-384). ...