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Dacha IdyllsLiving Organically in Russia's Countryside$
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Melissa Caldwell

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520262843

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520262843.001.0001

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Dacha Enchantments

Dacha Enchantments

(p.1) CHAPTER 1 Dacha Enchantments
Dacha Idylls

Melissa L. Caldwell

University of California Press

Visiting the dacha, or summer cottage, is one activity that stands out among the multitude of possible leisure pursuits, which is perhaps the most recognizable aspect of Russian summer culture. Dachas encapsulate and project the country's social history and heritage in ways that are intimately familiar to people across Russia and across generations. Dacha life, and the natural settings and qualities with which it is linked, are both microcosms of and conduits for fundamental issues in today's Russia: the politics of national identity and nationalism, the transition to capitalism, projects of social transformation, and the legacies of socialism, among others. The dachniki described in this book represent a broad cross-section of Russian society in terms of their social, economic, and demographic diversity. This chapter provides an overview of the chapters included in the book.

Keywords:   dacha, summer cottage, Russian summer culture, Russia, national identity, nationalism, capitalism, social transformation, socialism, dachniki

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