The Life of a Russian Woman Doctor

The Life of a Russian Woman Doctor

A Siberian Memoir, 1869-1954
Bek, Anna
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/10/2004
Format: Paperback 11 b&w photos, 1 maps, 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21717-2
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The Life of a Russian Woman Doctor by Anna Bek (1869–1954) yields rich insights into the lives of a generation of Russian women who lived at a time of revolutionary change, extraordinary challenges, and unprecedented opportunities. Written in a lively and compelling style, Anna Bek’s memoir reveals not only the experiences but also the motives and values of women who sought education, independence, and self-sufficiency, the obstacles they encountered, and the influences of other women and men on their lives. This engrossing memoir also engages the special context of Siberian geography and history—the vast distances and isolation, the heterogeneous population of settlers, exiles, and convicts, the closeness and interdependence of families and communities, and the deep appreciation of nature. This book offers a rewarding excursion into Siberian social history and an intimate acquaintance with two exceptional individuals of great charm and courage—Anna Bek and her American editor, Anne D. Rassweiler.

Author Bio

Anne D. Rassweiler (1933–2002) was author of The Generation of Power: The Planning and Construction of Dneprostroi, 1927–1932.

Adele Lindenmeyr is Professor and Chair, Department of History, Villanova University, and author of Poverty Is Not a Vice: Charity, Society, and the State in Imperial Russia.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword Adele M. Lindenmeyr
Chronology: The Life of Anna Nikolaevna Zhukova-Bek

Introduction: A Journey to Siberia Anne D. Rassweiler

1. Growing Up in the Transbaikal
2. Student Life in St. Petersburg and France
3. New Beginnings: Nerchinsk Zavod, St. Petersburg, Aksha
4. Making a Career: Chita in War and Revolution
5. The Highs and Lows of Working Life: Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Tomsk

Appendix: "Labor Education and the Montessori System": Summary of a Lecture Anna Nikolaevna Bek
Bibliography and Suggestions for Further Reading