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Without the Banya We Would Perish: A History of the Russian Bathhouse

Ethan Pollock

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780195395488
eISBN:
9780190051662
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195395488.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Cultural History

The story of the pervasive and resilient Russian bathhouse (banya) offers new perspectives on the evolution of Russian identity, conceptions of health and hygiene, and forms of community, sexuality, ... More


Epilogue

Ethan Pollock

in Without the Banya We Would Perish: A History of the Russian Bathhouse

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780195395488
eISBN:
9780190051662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195395488.003.0012
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Cultural History

The epilogue indulges the conceit that various aspects of the banya’s history remain present in the banya today. For centuries, the basic contours of the steam room have remained fundamentally ... More


The Great Healer

Ethan Pollock

in Without the Banya We Would Perish: A History of the Russian Bathhouse

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780195395488
eISBN:
9780190051662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195395488.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Cultural History

As elites in Russia became more integrated into Western culture, going to the banya became more associated with the unreformed peasantry and lower classes. Most outsiders, like the astronomer Chappe ... More


Either Socialism Will Defeat the Louse or the Louse Will Defeat Socialism

Ethan Pollock

in Without the Banya We Would Perish: A History of the Russian Bathhouse

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780195395488
eISBN:
9780190051662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195395488.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Cultural History

In as much as the banya was associated with the Russian peasantry and urban decadence, Bolsheviks disdained it. But as a tool of modern hygiene, the banya was unassailable. Workers demanded ... More


Introduction

Ethan Pollock

in Without the Banya We Would Perish: A History of the Russian Bathhouse

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780195395488
eISBN:
9780190051662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195395488.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Cultural History

For over a thousand years the banya has been a crucial institution to a wide variety of people: men and women, rich and poor, straight and gay, religious and atheist. The omnipresence of the banya ... More


Soot, Dirt, and Human Flesh Packed Together

Ethan Pollock

in Without the Banya We Would Perish: A History of the Russian Bathhouse

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780195395488
eISBN:
9780190051662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195395488.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Cultural History

For the first half of the nineteenth century, the banya remained popular with the people, but was generally ignored by medical professionals in Russia. Ironically, in Western Europe, doctors began to ... More


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