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Title:The 'Body Politic': Russian Funerals and the Politics of Representation, 1841-1921
Author(s):Trice, Thomas Reed
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Koenker, Diane P.
Department / Program:History
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Anthropology, Cultural
Abstract:The chronological and geographical focus of this dissertation addresses the interplay between specific burial-related reforms and broader changes in the material conditions of everyday life in Russia. I argue that a major shift occurred in official attitudes towards funerals with Nicholas I's 1841 decree regulating funeral costs and practices in the two capitals, yet I assert that the fear of social and political instability that inspired the reactionary tsar's actions had no substantial basis in fact until the 1860s. It was then, during the era of the Great Reforms, that the funeral first became a particularly resonant form of political self-assertion, and continued as such until the consolidation of Bolshevik power in 1921. This dissertation focuses on Petersburg, where social transformation was at its most traumatic during the modern era.
Issue Date:1998
Description:386 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9912400
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1998

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