From the reign of Peter the Great, Russia's country estates were oases of barbarian splendour and personal freedom in a vast, sparsely settled and authoritarian land. This work explores the vanished world of the Russian country estate. It examines the aristocratic dwellings, discussing their origins, their design and decoration, the social, family, and cultural life within their walls, and their physical demise after the 1917 revolution. In these enclaves, newly acquired European habits competed with age-old Russian tradition. The nobility owned legions of serfs from brickmakers and gardeners to gilders and portrait painters whose labour made possible a unique way of life. On some estates, serf theatres and harems reflected the owner's unrestrained personal fantasy; on others, relations between lord and serf echoed the patriarchal values of the Russian elite. Throughout the empire, the sights, sounds and realities of country life inspired both plans for political and social reform and much of Russia's great art, literature and music. The emancipation of the serfs in 1861 altered the dynamics of this life, but the cultural significance of the estate remained strong to the end of the old regime. The Bolshevik revolution destroyed both the world of the estate and much of the evidence about it. To recreate this lost world the author draws on sources including the physical remains of once grand manor houses (many photographed for this book), the diaries and memoirs that chronicle a way of life that was to perish, and the Russian art and literature that estate life produced and in which it was portrayed. Juxtaposing images from art and from the novels of such literary giants as Turgenev and Tolstoy with the real milieu that inspired them, this text is a portrait of Russian country life.
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The Russia of the old regime was an overwhelmingly rural society even at the dawn of the twentieth century. Like the plantation owners of our antebellum South, the landed aristocrats of Russia saw themselves as the standard-bearers and protectors of their national culture and "gentlemanly values." Even after the end of legal serfdom in 1861, these large islands of wealth continued to dominate rural Russian life. In her richly detailed and lavishly illustrated work, Roosevelt portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and contradictions of this society. It was an intensely patriarchal society in which oriental elements often seemed to outweigh Western traditions. Surprisingly, these manors, supposedly anchors of conservatism, often generated movements for political reform. From both a historical and a sociological standpoint, Roosevelt has done a fine job of showing us the values, rhythms, and achievements of a vanished world. Jay Freeman
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