Barbara Evans Clements, Barbara Alpern Engel and Christine
D. Worobec eds., Russia's women: accommodation, resistance,
transformation. (Berkeley and Los Angeles, CA, and Oxford, England:
University of California Press, 1991.) Pages xi+300. £35.00 (hardback);
£13.50 (paperback). (hereafter RW)
Beatrice Farnsworth and Lynne Viola eds., Russian peasant women.
York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.) Pages 304. £13.50.
Barbara Alpern Engel, Between the fields and the city: women, work
family in Russia 1861–1914 (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge
University Press, 1994.) Pages xi+254. £35.00. (hereafter Between)
In 1995 a Russian scholar lamented that ‘Women's history
autonomous sub-discipline of historical science does not yet exist in
Russia’, and that it had been suppressed in the Soviet Union. In
western historians have produced a great deal of work on Russian women
over the last 20–30 years. Much of the early work concentrated on
radicals and the feminist movement. More recently, historians have
turned their attention to the mass of the female population who lived in
rural Russia. The books under review here are very good examples of
both the range and the quality of the work on Russian women and of the
new focus on peasant women.