Dr. Lynne Hartnett -The Defiant Life of Vera Figner -Book Signing

 

 

 Book Signing & Presentation with

 Dr. Lynne Hartnett

 

The Defiant Life of Vera Figner

Surviving the Russian Revolution

Saturday, June 21st
 
  5:00pm
 
 
This engaging biography tells the dramatic story of a Russian noblewoman turned revolutionary terrorist. Born in 1852 in the last years of serfdom, Vera Figner came of age as Imperial Russian society was being rocked by the massive upheaval that culminated in the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. At first champion of populist causes and champion of women's higher education, Figner later became a leader of the terrorist party The People's Will and was an accomplice in the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881. Drawing on extensive archival research and careful reading of Figner's copious memoirs, Lynne Ann Hartnett reveals how Figner survived the Bolshevik revolution and Stalin's Great Purges and died a lionized revolutionary legend as the Nazis bore down on Moscow in 1942.
 

 

 Dr. Lynne Hartnett

Assistant Professor of History
Director of Russian Area Studies
Director of the Center for the Study of Violence and Conflict
Villanova University
 

  Soon after I began my Ph.D. program, I became fascinated with the noblewomen who belonged to the Russian revolutionary terrorist organization the People’s Will.  It seemed counterintuitive that women who benefited from the social and political order in Russia would conspire to eviscerate it.  I decided to explore this group and the individual women who joined this radical organization.  As I did, the experience of Vera Figner stood out.  Figner abandoned a medical career and material privileges to devote herself to the revolutionary cause.  She survived two decades in the so-called Russian Bastille and then emerged damaged but determined to become socially active and politically significant.  My Ph.D. dissertation explored Figner’s life before the Russian Revolution of 1917.  During the past few years I completely revised this dissertation and challenged its conceptual basis.  As a result of my own life process and my continued teaching and scholarship I have transformed the dissertation into an entirely new book that not only extends the original narrative through the 1917 revolution but presents a much more complex subject in a more critical light.

 


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The Defiant Life of Vera Figner: Surviving the Russian Revolution Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780253012845
Availability: Usually Arrives to Store in 1-5 Days
Published: Indiana University Press - June 6th, 2014


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