Widows from European countries working as governesses in Russia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

Solodyankina, Olga Yu.
June 2010
Women's History Magazine (1476-6760);Summer2010, Issue 63, p19
Academic Journal
The article presents an examination into the history of European widow governesses working in Russia during the 18th and 19th centuries. Introductory details are given highlighting the dynamics of women's social and economic freedom during the period, noting the rise in middle-class employment of widows as governesses. Discussion is then provided exploring the migration of European women to Russia in this capacity, addressing questions on their social reception by Russians, the impact of foreigners on the Russian middle class, and the cross-cultural conflicts which emerged from the migration.


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