One’s Own Path: the Economic World of the Russian Manor in A.A. Fet’s Recollections

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Nina V. Frolova

Senior Lecturer at the Chair of History of Russian Literature and Journalism, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia


Section: History of Journalism

The article examines the depiction of the economic world of the Russian manor in pre- and post-reform Russia in A.A. Fet’s recollections. The analysis of his memoirs gives us a deeper understanding of Russia’s economic structure and allows us to do justice to the personality of A.A. Fet as a landlord avoiding any bias.

Keywords: A.A. Fet, A.N. Shenshin, memoirs, Stepanovka, Russian manor, economic structure, civilian labor

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