This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Village Life In Late Tsarist Russia

2935 words - 12 pages

Memoirs of My Life: “Tatiana”
It is always so surprising to me that my little children and grandchildren never grow tired of hearing the stories of my life. I am nothing special – just an old, worn, and tired Russian woman. My children and grandchildren gather ‘round me as often as possible to hear the recollections of my childhood, special memories I hold dear from my life, and to somewhat experience the vastly circumstances I faced growing up a young woman in late 19th century Russia, as compared to what they all encounter today. Tonight, their insistent pleading takes me back to stories of children: that is, my own self when I was a child and my childhood, the relationship I had with my ...view middle of the document...

As such, we did jobs around our homes that a woman was able and allowed to do. We first worked as baby-sitters for our younger siblings. Really, there was hardly ever a time I could remember not caring for at least one of my younger brothers or sisters. Because Momma had so much to get done in the fields, the small children were often left in my care and protection. I had to ensure that my rowdy brother, Ivan, never screamed too loudly or dirtied his clothes too much. When he did, I had no choice by to kick him and send him to the pond to wash himself. Upon his return, I would redress him with his scrubbed shirt and begin the scolding process again when he was off doing other mischievous things, as most two- or three-year-old boys do [28, 29].
Yet, there were other tasks for older girls to complete such as working in the fields alongside our mother, weeding, digging potatoes, and carrying drinks and fetching water for the adults during the field-work season. We rinsed linens, sewed, and spun, and learned to scutch the flax and hemp [37]. One of my favorite jobs, though, was tending to the calves. I loved feeding the young cows, watching them graze, and being around the other girls in my village. We sang joyous songs, sewed scrap pieces of material we had gathered up around our homes, and even engaged in games like jacks [37]. While tending the calves, sometimes older boys would pass by us young ladies and make obscene remarks and outrageous gestures. To tell the truth, their actions oftentimes made us ashamed even to walk past them [37].”
“Why were you ashamed to walk past them?” all my grandchildren pondered, “was he not very nice to women?”
“No, not quite,” I responded. “Many times young men would use offensive language, swear excessively, and even fistfight right in front of the other girls and me,” [29]. This shouldn’t have surprised me, though. Men abused women, punched each other for sport, and were extremely violent; they were the leaders of the house, and us women knew to be submissive to them. That was just men’s nature. However, I do not want to make childhood sound like there was no fun to be had. We made time for swimming in nearby rivers a ritual during the summer months. A large group of children, myself always included, would run down to the river in anticipation of the cool, refreshing waters. We would frolic and play for as long as time (and our mothers) allowed. Usually, our mothers would end up having to chase us out of the water with nettle or a cattle switch [39],” I remembered with delight.
“During other times of the year, though, we had a multitude of games we would play. Sometimes all the boys and girls would play together, especially in games like catch, wattle fence, and radish. My favorite pastime was probably daydreaming with my rag dolls. I would pretend that my dolls were real, sometimes making them masters over peasantry, marrying them to each other, or playing as most girls do [42]. The young boys often...

Other Essays Like Village Life In Late Tsarist Russia

Russia Was in Crisis at the Beginning of the 20th Century

1719 words - 7 pages Russia entered the 20th century headed by Tzar Nicholas II, the figurehead of a dynasty that had long since descended into absurdity and a decadent and self-indulgent use of power. This dysfunctional leadership was not only a significant cause of, but also representative of the greater crisis Russia was undergoing on a political, economic and social level as Russia was “An 18th century country living in a 20th century world” . Any historian

Could Tsarism Have Saved Itself In The Last Decade Of The XIX Century And The First Decade Of The XX Century?

1778 words - 8 pages his actions.Stolypin was also a big character that had plans on land reform and like Witte, he was prepared to strengthen Tsarism. He was to introduce land reform in order to calm the opposition. The land prices were high and the liberation of the peasants from serfdom did not change much their conditions. Stolypin was assassinated after declaring that it required twenty years to change Russia . If the Tsarist government had supported Witte's and

how far were divisions among its opponents responsible for the survival of the Tsarist rule in the years 1881-1905?

957 words - 4 pages The division among its opponents were both responsible and not responsible for the survival of the Tsarist rule in the years 1881 to 1905. Each party had played its part in the survival, both good and bad, whether they agreed in the aims fort supporting the Tsar or opposing against the Tsar. One of the parties to play a part in the survival were the Liberals, their aims being they wanted more power in the parliament and also wanting more

February Revolution

2896 words - 12 pages leaders, the crisis of modernisation, the remembered grievances from Bloody Sunday and the resulted aftermath, the 1905 revolution, all played their part in the growth and result of the “Glorious February.” Many short-term factors contributed to the February revolution and consequently to the collapse of the Tsarist regime in 1917. Firstly, Friedrich Engels said, “War is the mid-wife of every old society pregnant with a new one”. When Russia

Animal Farm

493 words - 2 pages Biographical Analysis: Animal FarmIn 1917, the Russian Revolution began. It was a series of economic and social upheavals in Russia, involving first the overthrow of the tsarist autocracy, and then the overthrow of the liberal and moderate-socialist Provisional Government, resulting in the establishment of Soviet power under the control of the Bolshevik party. Inspired by this event, Animal Farm shows how totalitarianism corrupts the masses

Cause(s) of Russian Civil War

618 words - 3 pages Chapter 14 The Civil War The Civil War was fought right across Russia, involving several different forces. The Reds were the defenders of Lenin, supporters of his revolution. The Whites were a lose collection of anti-Red forces, most of which desired a return to a traditional Tsarist-regime. The Greens were opponents of both the Reds and the Whites and were in favour of a radical alternative to communist style of government. Greens wanted

Tsar Nicholas Ii Downfall

1872 words - 8 pages Russia. Instantly after the bitter Bloody Sunday occurance, the people of Russia’s depiction as Tsar Nicholas being ‘the little father’ was tainted. This was a problem that didn’t have to happen if Nicholas didn’t take such a repressive approach leading up to this avoidable commencement of panic in the Tsarist Government. Two of the most important and influential characters in the Tsarist government began to think and act wisely, giving Russia

How Was the Tsar Able to Survive the 1905 Revolution

805 words - 4 pages How was the Tsar able to survive the 1905 revolution? Despite the failure of Russia in the war against Japan, the Tsarist regime survived the revolution remarkable unscathed. There are a number of reasons for this. Although a large proportion of the Russian population expressed their opposition to the Tsarist regime during events of 1905 it was not organised protest. Each group had its own grievances and separate set of demands. The

Fall the Tsar 1917

1468 words - 6 pages course of 1916, there was a succession of 3 ministers of War, 4 ministers of Agriculture and 5 ministers of Interior. The government was in chaos and the aristocracy, who made up most of its personnel, was beginning to lose faith in the regime as an instrument for preserving power. Even though Rasputin was later on killed, the truth is that by the beginning of 1917 it was too late to save the tsardom. Rasputin’s extraordinary life at court and

Tsar Nicholas And Alexandra

435 words - 2 pages July 16, 1918 .Nicholas, Alexandra, Olga, Tatiana, Marie, Anastasia and Alexis all lined up in the cellar of their Siberian prison late that night. They believed they were having their photo taken until armed men burst into the room and opened fire. The bodies were later hidden in a mine shaft and grenades were thrown in.In essence theirs was a good marriage by Tsarist standards; they had five children and lived a privileged life. That he respected her more than most Tsars could have either been a reflection of his weakness or her strength. Their fate was an unnecessary act by an equally ruthless government bent of revenge for three hundred years of Romanov repression.

How Far Do You Agree That the Most Important Cause of the Revolution in February 1917 Was the Great War

1334 words - 6 pages AS History How far do you agree that the most important cause of the revolution in February 1917 was the Great War? The February revolution which occurred in 1917 was the result of several causes, one of which being World War 1; in my opinion, it was the most important trigger. The Great War was the cause of Russia becoming financially dependent on Britain and France, decreasing the prestige the Tsar once held. Russia was unable to sustain its

Related Papers

Asses The Nature Of The Opposition To The Tsarist Regime In Russia In The Period 1855 To 1917

1551 words - 7 pages In this essay I am looking at the period 1855 to 1917 saw many changes in the ruling of Russia. In 1855 there was a strong Autocratic leader in charge of the country. This remained to be the case until early 1917 when the Tsar abdicated. So in this essay I am going to look at nature of the opposition to the Tsarist regime. In total there were 3 different leaders during the period I am looking at and in this essay I will be trying to answer

Organized Crime In Russia And The Impact It Has On Russia’s Way Of Life

1063 words - 5 pages Organized crimes also refer to criminal organizations; they could be transnational, local or it could be deeply rooted into a region where they perform as enterprises. This paper explains the real meaning of organized crime. In addition, the paper looks into all organized crime groups in Russia and looks into the effects it has on the economy. In addition, organized crimes have set up cartels that illegally trade arms and ammunitions that have

‘The Reforms Of Alexander Ii Weakened The Tsarist Regime’, Explain Why You Agree Or Disagree With This View

1109 words - 5 pages ‘The reforms of Alexander II weakened the Tsarist regime’, explain why you agree or disagree with this view. (25 marks) While in reign Alexander II introduced many reforms into Russian life, hoping they’d play a key part and influence society positively. Nevertheless, the majority of the reforms weakened the Tsarist regime showing that planning was not effective, and that many of the ideas had been rushed, for example, the emancipation of the

Russian Church Essay

2449 words - 10 pages without being burdened by bureaucratic tasks. In January 1881 Alexander II instructed his Minister of the Interior, Count Loris-Melikov, to draw up plans for a limited constitution which would give invited members of the public an advisory role in legislation. On the other hand were the supporters of the traditional tsarist order. The only way, they argued, to prevent a revolution was to rule Russia with an iron hand. This meant defending the