Of Peasants and Spinsters and Old Believers

Posted October 25, 2017 5:34 am by Dr. Adam DeVille

John Bushnell has just this month published what looks to be a fascinating study into a little known group of Russian Peasant Women Who Refused to Marry: Spasovite Old Believers in the 18th-19th Centuries (Indiana University Press, 2017), 400pp. 4 maps, 22 tables.About this book we are told:John Bushnell’s analysis of previously unstudied church records and provincial archives reveals surprising marriage patterns in Russian peasant villages in the 18th and 19th centuries. For some villages the rate of unmarried women reached as high as 70 percent. The religious group most closely identified with female peasant marriage aversion was the Old Believer Spasovite

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