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date: 14 April 2024

Russia and Soviet Union. 

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The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History
Author(s):
Barbara Alpern EngelBarbara Alpern Engel

The history of women in imperial Russia begins with Tsar Peter the Great (r. 1682–1725). Taking the West as his model, Peter brought a thoroughgoing revolution to aristocratic women's lives and initiated changes that touched the lives of everyone else. For aristocratic women the change began with appearance. To create suitable consorts for newly Westernized men of the service elite, Peter required the women to divest themselves of robes and squeeze into corsets and low‐cut gowns, as well as to leave their usual seclusion and appear at social gatherings. A law of ... ...

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