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Modernity, Domesticity and Temporality in Russia


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Introduction: Why Time and Home? 1. Russian Modernity Through Time and Space 2. Present Time, Hygiene and the Urban Apartment 3. The Past in the Present: Nostalgic Portraits of the Russian Home 4. Early Soviet Visions of Home: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow 5. Coda: A Contemporary Snapshot: Back to the Future or Forward to the Past? Bibliography Index

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An exploration of how modern concepts of time shaped domestic space and everyday life in late Imperial and early Soviet Russia.

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Rebecca Friedman is Associate Professor of Russian and Soviet History at Florida International University, USA. She is the author of Masculinity, Autocracy and the Russian University, 1804-1863 (2006), and editor of Russian Masculinities (2002, co-edited with Barbara Clements and Dan Healey) and European Identity and Culture: Narratives of Transnational Belonging (2012, co-edited with Markus Thiel).


This is a deeply researched and engaging work. ... I would recommend this book to all those interested in urban Russia, Tsarist, and Soviet domesticity, modernity, the history of emotion, and the temporal turn, for it is an excellent and insightful addition to the historiography.
*Cultural and Social History: The Journal of the Social History Society*

In Modernity, Domesticity and Temporality in Russia: Time at Home, Rebecca Friedman’s deep commitment to gender history is blended with her fresh approach to debates about modernity and temporality. Reading pre- and post-revolutionary Russian and Soviet periodicals and advice literature focused on the domestic realm, Friedman makes an insightful contribution to social histories of the home, and time, in Russia’s tumultuous early twentieth century.
*Dan Healey, Professor of Modern Russian History, University of Oxford, UK*

Crossing the 1917 divide, this book focuses in an entirely innovative way on how in early 20th Century Russia notions of revolutionary domesticity were intrinsically interwoven with new notions of historical time. Friedman demonstrates how during a time of immense transformation nostalgia and modern, utopian visions simultaneously co-existed and fed one another.
*Laurie Manchester, Associate Professor of History, Arizona State University, USA*

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