Equality and Revolution (Hardcover)
Women’s Rights in the Russian Empire, 1905–1917 (Russian and East European Studies)
University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822943907, 336pp.
Publication Date: June 30, 2010
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Ruthchild offers a telling examination of the dynamics present in imperialist Russia that fostered a growing feminist movement. Based upon extensive archival research in six countries, she analyzes the backgrounds, motivations, methods, activism, and organizational networks of early Russian feminists, revealing the foundations of a powerful feminist intelligentsia that came to challenge, and eventually bring down, the patriarchal tsarist regime.
Ruthchild profiles the individual women (and a few men) who were vital to the feminist struggle, as well as the major conferences, publications, and organizations that promoted the cause. She documents political party debates on the acceptance of women’s suffrage and rights, and follows each party’s attempt to woo feminist constituencies despite their fear of women gaining too much political power. Ruthchild also compares and contrasts the Russian movement to those in Britain, China, Germany, France, and the United States. Equality and Revolution offers an original and revisionist study of the struggle for women’s political rights in late imperial Russia, and presents a significant reinterpretation of a decisive period of Russian—and world—history.
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Praise For Equality and Revolution: Women’s Rights in the Russian Empire, 1905–1917 (Russian and East European Studies)…
—Karen Offen, Stanford University
—Elizabeth Wood, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“This will be the definitive study for years to come. Ruthchild provides a nuanced analysis of the feminist movement and its socialist opposition. Her analysis of the enfranchisement of Finnish women in 1906 is excellent.”
—The Russian Review
“Fascinating, clearly written, and well-researched. “
“A deeply researched analysis of Russian feminists’ struggles in the years before Communist rule. . . . Ruthchild demonstrates the importance of Russia in the broader history of women’s suffrage. Thus, this book will be of interest beyond the field of Russian history. . . . Highly recommended for upper-level students and specialists in gender and Russian history.”
“Ruthchild’s particular focus is the female intelligentsia and she provides case studies of key feminists. She charts in fascinating detail their participation in and contribution to civic life in Russia, especially in the period between 1905 and 1917. She also places this generation of feminists within the broader context of the pioneer feminists who had concentrated from the 1860s on philanthropic and educational causes.”
“A clearly organized, highly readable, engaging and informative study. Ruthchild writes fluidly, vividly, accessibly and with passion for her topic, yet she retains academic rigor. Provides an excellent resource for teaching Russian and women’s history as well as for comparative research projects on women’s lives. It will be an asset to Russian political history courses and will be really informative—even inspirational—for the general reader.”
—The NEP Era
“The author of this ground-breaking monograph argues convincingly for a more comprehensive historical evaluation of the women’s suffrage movement in Russia to correct past misconceptions and enhance recent research on the expansion of civil rights in the last decades of tsarist power.”
—Slavic and East European Journal