Home Life in Russia

Home Life in Russia

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Home Life in Russia

Home Life in Russia

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I am conscious of the fact that I have by no means been able to exhaust the subject of Home Life in Russia. Russia is more a geographical expression than a country; it is a conglomeration of many races and nations, who differ considerably from each other in their manners, customs, and daily life. I found it, therefore, almost impossible to condense within the framework of one volume a survey of the home life of all the nations inhabiting the vast Empire of the Tsar. Whilst writing the following pages I have constantly been aware of my difficulty -- feeling that the task ought to have been undertaken by several men instead of one. I crave the indulgence of the reader, but I hope that those who have travelled in Russia will understand and realize the impossibility of presenting a complete account of the habits and customs of all the Russians as they are practised in different parts of the Empire. Besides, since I left Russia many things have altered -- and especially the life and habits of the upper classes have undergone a considerable change and often differ but little from those of Western Europe. The vast mass of the peasants, however, is conservative and remains just as it was many centuries ago. It is for this reason that I have devoted much space to the description of peasant life, both in Little and Great Russia, to the ceremonies and festivals of the Moushiks -- which are such peculiar and interest-

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