By Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter
Here is the 1st social heritage dedicated to the typical soldier within the Russian military in the course of the first 1/2 the 19th-century--an exam of squaddies as a social category and the military as a social establishment. via offering a complete view of 1 of an important teams in Russian society at the eve of the good reforms of the mid-1800s, Elise Wirtschafter contributes enormously to our knowing of Russia's complicated social constitution. according to large study in formerly unused Soviet information, this paintings covers a wide range of issues on the subject of way of life within the military, together with conscription, promoting and social mobility, family members prestige, education, the regimental financial system, army justice, and family members among squaddies and officials. the writer emphasizes social kin and norms of habit within the military, yet she additionally addresses the bigger factor of society's dating to the autocracy, together with the chronic pressure among the tsarist state's want for army potency and its countervailing have to uphold the conventional norms of limitless paternalistic authority. through analyzing army lifestyles by way of its influence on infantrymen, she analyzes significant issues of tsarist social coverage: the way to mobilize society's assets to satisfy country wishes and the way to advertise modernization (in this situation army potency) with no hectic social preparations based on serfdom.
Originally released in 1990.
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