A Russian Merchant's Tale : The Life and Adventures of Ivan Alekseevich Tolchenov, Based on His Diary Paperback
Part of the Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian and East European Studies series
Based on the rare diary of an 18th-century Russian provincial merchant, A Russian Merchant's Tale presents a revealing portrait of Russia's little-known commercial class.
By recording his daily contacts with a wide array of individuals from lords to laborers for more than 40 years, Ivan Alekseevich Tolchenov opened a window onto the education, work, birth, death, marriage, business, civic, holiday, and religious practices of a social group about which little has been known.
Using the tools of microhistory to interpret the diary, David L.
Ransel vividly brings to life Tolchenov's self-construction, his relations with family and society, and his entire world of aspirations, achievements, and failures.
Challenging prevailing stereotypes of Russian merchants as tradition-bound and narrow-minded, A Russian Merchant's Tale offers important new insights into the social history of imperial Russia.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages, 15 b&w photos, 5 maps
- Publisher: Indiana University Press
- Publication Date: 26/11/2008
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780253220202