A Russian Merchant's Tale
The Life and Adventures of Ivan Alekseevich TolchÃƒÂ«nov, Based on His Diary
AUTHOR: Ransel, David L.
PUBLISHER: Indiana University Press
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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 Tolch#65533;nov 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 Tolch#65533;nov'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.
PUBLICATION DATE: 11/26/2008
CATEGORY: Biography & Autobiography, Business & Economics, History, Social Science