The Life Cycle of Russian Things: From Fish Guts to Fabergé, 1600 - Present


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Bloomsbury Academic
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6.14 X 9.21 X 0.63 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Matthew P. Romaniello is Associate Professor of History at Weber State University, USA. He is the author of Enterprising Empires: Russia and Britain in Eighteenth-Century Eurasia (2019) and The Elusive Empire: Kazan and the Creation of Russia, 1552-1671 (2012). He is also the editor of The Journal of World History and five edited volumes, including two with Tricia Starks.

Alison K. Smith is Chair and Professor of History at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is the author of Caviar and Cabbage: A History of Food and Drink in Russia (2021), For the Common Good and Their Own Well-Being: Social Estates in Imperial Russia (2014), and Recipes for Russia: Food and Nationhood under the Tsars (2008).

Tricia Starks is Director of the Humanities Center and Professor of History at the University of Arkansas, USA. She is the author of Smoking under the Tsars: A History of Tobacco in Imperial Russia (2018) and The Body Soviet: Propaganda, Hygiene and the Revolutionary State (2008). She is also the co-editor, along with Matthew P. Romaniello, of Tobacco in Russian History and Culture: From the Seventeenth Century to the Present (2009).


"[A] welcome addition to the growing literature on material culture in Russian history. The editors should be commended for the ways in which they balanced the chapters and for including subjects drawn from the Muscovite, Imperial, and Soviet periods." - Russian Review

"In this engaging book, readers learn what different meanings individual objects acquired through their lifespan, and in the different places that they found themselves in, and how they were able to form different relationships with those who saw, touched, and used them depending on the setting. In doing so, this study offers an innovative perspective of the Russian past." --Julia Mannherz, Associate Professor of Modern History, University of Oxford, UK