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1st Edition

Russian Writers and Society in the Nineteenth Century

ISBN 9780367776008
Published June 16, 2021 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

This book, first published in 1977, begins with a close look at the lives of nineteenth century Russian writers, and at the problems of their profession. It then examines their environment in its broader aspects, the Russian empire being considered from the point of view of geography, ethnography, economics, and the impact of individual Tsars on writers and society. A discussion of the main social ‘estates’ follows, and concluding is an analysis in their literary context of the activities of the competing forces of cohesion and disruption in imperial society: the civil service, law courts, police, army, schools, universities, press, censorship, revolutionaries and agitators. This book makes possible a fuller understanding of the works of Pushkin, Dostoyevsky, Chekhov and the other great Russian writers.

Table of Contents

Part 1. The Writer’s Situation  1. Russian Literature from 1825 to 1904  2. The Writer’s Life and Mission  Part 2. The Empire  3. Geography  4. Communications  5. Peoples  6. The Economy  7. Emperors  Part 3. The Social Setting  8. The ‘Estates’  9. Peasants  10. Landowners and Gentlemen  11. Religion  12. Towns  Part 4. Law and Disorder  13. Officials  14. Crime and Punishment  15. The Army  16. Education  17. Press and Censorship  18. The Opposition

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