Russian Peasant Women Who Refused to Marry

Russian Peasant Women Who Refused to Marry

John Bushnell’s analysis of previously unstudied church records and provincial archives reveals surprising marriage patterns in Russian peasant villages in the 18th and 19th centuries. For some villages the rate of unmarried women reached as high as 70 percent. The religious group most closely identified with female peasant marriage aversion was the Old Believer Spasovite covenant, and Bushnell argues that some of these women might have had more agency in the decision… (more)

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Publisher: Indiana University Press (June 06, 2017)

Page count: 400 pages

Language: English


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