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The revolution of 1905 challenged not only the social and political structures of imperial Russia but the sexual order as well. Throughout the decade that followed-in the salons of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, on the pages of popular romances, in the staid assemblies of physicians, psychiatrists, and legal men--the talk everywhere was of sex.

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Paperback, 480 pages
Published July 28th 1994 by Cornell University Press (first published 1992)
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This book was assigned to me in graduate school, but to judge by the highlighting and my lack of memory for it, I must not have contributed very much to that seminar. This was effectively the “first” time I’ve read it. At 14+ years, it would have been a bit old by the standards of scholarship at the time, so it may be considered a “classic” of sorts. On the other hand, my professor’s book is cited in the final footnote, so that might explain why she considered it a classic.

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Laura Engelstein is an American historian who specializes in Russian and European history. She served as Henry S. McNeil Professor Emerita of Russian History at Yale University and taught at Cornell University and Princeton University.

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