Household Goods and Social Status of a Single Woman in Early St. Petersburg

in Russian History
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By examining the household inventories of a young, single woman of German descent living in St. Petersburg, the article suggests the social freedoms and their limits that were attached to prosperity for single women in the 1720s.

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7

Hellie, Economy and Material Culture, 343–44.

9

Hellie, ibid., 260; in July, St. Petersburg averages 5.5 to 7 hours of darkness daily.

10

Hellie, ibid., 57–58.

15

Hughes, “From Caftans,” 26–27.

17

Hellie, Economy and Material Culture, 94–95, 104, 107, 187. Sugar was sometimes sold in loaves.

19

Hellie, Economy and Material Culture, 220.

20

Hellie, Economy and Material Culture, 164. The value of a chervonets was based on its weight and gold content.

23

Hellie, Economy and Material Culture, 289.

24

Boris Mironov, “Consequences of the Price Revolution in Eighteenth-century Russia,” Economic History Review 45, no. 3 (1992): 457–60.

26

Richard Hellie, Enserfment and Military Change in Muscovy (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1971), 171; idem, Material Culture, 417, 446, 452–53.

29

 See Hellie, Economy and Material Culture, 290.

31

Daniel H. Kaiser, “Urban Household Composition in Early Modern Russia,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 23, no. 1 (Summer 1992): 49; Carol B Stevens, “Women and the Russian Military, 1650–1730: a preliminary survey,” in Rude and Barbarous Kingdom Revisited, ed. Chester Dunning et al., (Bloomington, Indiana: Slavica, 2008), 482–83, 485, 488.

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