Fathers and Daughters: Russian Women in Revolution by Cathy Porter newly listed for sale on the sparkling BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Virago in association with Quartet Books, 1976, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Signed by the author on the title page unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Illustrated by way of: Maps ;
From the cover: Traditional views of history take little account of the part played by women in political events. Cathy Porter redresses the balance in this absorbing account of womens activities during the reign of Tsar Alexander II (1855-81), a time of unprecedented unrest in Russia.
She traces the gradual emergence of Russian women from the family seclusion in which they were traditionally imprisoned, and shows how, in their search for education and work, many women began to see their activities in terms of wider political action and joined the first Russian radical groups. These women were active not only in Russia: their involvement in. political affairs took hundreds of them to Zurich, to London, and to France, in the period of the Paris Commune of 1871.
Cathy Porter then focuses on the lives of the most prominent of these women activists Anna Yakimova, Tatiana Lebedeva, Vera Figner and Sofya Perovskaya, to name only a few who joined the Peoples Will Party, dedicated to the assassination of the Tsar. The dramatic unfolding of events between the decision to kill the Tsar and the actual assassination a period of failed attempts, numerous arrests, and growing police terror shows the outstanding courage and commitment of these women and their men companions, who worked together so courageously to overthrow autocratic rule in Russia. Sofya Perovskaya successfully organized the death of the Tsar on 1, March, 1881 for this she was publicly hanged, and in the mass trials which followed hundreds of these women were sentenced to life exile or imprisonment.
In her moving account of the lives of these passionate and dedicated women, Cathy Porter does more than bring to life a part of history which has so far been consistently ignored by most historians: she gives women today a new consciousness of the importance of their own past.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Top edge of the text block tanned. Pages lightly age-tanned. Illustrations appear called for but lacking in this printing with no evidence of their presence at any point.
Purple boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 309 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8¾” x 5¼”.