A Life under Russian Serfdom: Memoirs of Savva Dmitrievich Purlevskii, 1800-1868

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INTRODUCTION

Savva Dmitrievich Purlevskii, a former serf from Yaroslavl’ prov- ince, wrote his memoirs shortly before his death in 1868. The liter- ary and political journal Russkii vestnik (Russian messenger) pub- lished them in 1877.1 Their publication epitomized the intellectual interest in the life of common people during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In this era several serf memoirs ap- peared in Russian literary journals or were published as books.2 But Purlevskii’s memoirs stand somewhat apart. Unlike most ex- serf memoirists, such as the famous Aleksander Vasil’evich Niki- tenko who gained freedom from serfdom at the age of eighteen and became a distinguished statesman and academician, Purlevskii

1 “Vospominaniia krepostnago, 1800–1868,” Russkii vestnik: Zhurnal literaturnyi i politicheskii 130 (July 1877), 321–47, and ibid. 130 (Septem- ber 1877), 34–67.

2 During this time the Russian literary journal Russkaia starina (Russian antiquity) published a series of ex-serf memoirs; among them were the diaries of A. V. Nikitenko, recently translated with a fine intro- duction by Peter Kolchin. See Aleksandr Nikitenko, Up from Serfdom: My Childhood and Youth in Russia, 1804–1824, transl., Helen Saltz Jakobson, intro. by Peter Kolchin (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2001). Others were “Istoriia moei zhizni i moikh stranstvii: Rasskaz by- vshago krepostnago krest’ianina N. N. Shipova, 1802–1862,” Russkaia starina 30 (1881); “Vospominaniia krepostnago,” Russkii arkhiv 6 (1898); and M. E. Vasilieva, “Zapiski krepostnoi,” Russkaia starina 145 (1911). Vasilieva’s memoirs are also available in English: see “Notes of a Serf Woman,” transl. John MacKay, Slavery and Abolition 22 (April 2000).

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iv
  • Contents vi
  • List of Illustrations vii
  • Notes on the Translation ix
  • Introduction 1
  • The Memoirs of Savva Dmitrievich Purlevskii 1800–1868 20
  • Preface 21
  • Our Village, Its Inhabitants and Owners 25
  • My Grandfather 41
  • Myself, My Childhood, and My Family 49
  • And My Adult Life Began 61
  • My Marriage, My Landlord, My Trade, and Other Things 69
  • Life outside the Village Observed 77
  • The Bitterness of Serfdom Realized 93
  • My Activities in Estate Life 102
  • My Future Fate Resolved 109
  • Epilogue 122 111
  • Epilogue 115
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