Northern Illinois University Press

Five Sisters

Women Against the Tsar

Barbara Alpern  Engel Clifford N. Rosenthal

“In Five Sisters we find ourselves at the very heart and center, looking out from the inside of the first great convulsion of revolutionary activity and violence that swept Russia in the 1870s and culminated with the assassination of Alexander II in 1881 … the collection is deeply moving.” — Edward Crankshaw, The Observer

“Five Sisters is a lively and interesting anthology … from the memoirs of five leading women populists of the 1870s … the introduction by the two editors is the best brief account of the history of Russian populism available.”— Roberta T. Manning, The Russian Review

This book is a classic work of translation, where autobiographies of five key women in the revolutionary movement in Russia are skillfully woven together. These fragments represent a fascinating portrait of a tumultuous time and offer readers valuable insight into the beginnings of revolution and anarchy in Russia.

This new paperback edition is illustrated with 25 photographs and contains a new introduction and bibliography.

Barbara Engel is Distinguished Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the author of Between the Fields and the City: Women, Work and Family in Russia, 1861–1914, Women in Russia: 1700–2000, and most recently, Breaking the Ties that Bound: The Politics of Marital Strife in Late Imperial Russia.

Clifford Rosenthal worked for ten years as a translator of the Great Soviet Encyclopedia. Subsequently, he led a national association of credit unions serving low-income communities for more than three decades, twice consulting with the Russian credit union movement as a member of an international delegation.

ISBN 978-0-87580-690-7
April 2013 $25.00s Paper
5.5x8.5 296 pages

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ISBN: 978-0-87580-690-7