Without the banya we would perish : a history of the Russian bathhouse (Book, 2019) [WorldCat.org]
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Without the banya we would perish : a history of the Russian bathhouse

Without the banya we would perish : a history of the Russian bathhouse

Author: Ethan Pollock
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
When so much in Russia has changed, the banya remains. For over one-thousand years Russians of every economic class, political party, and social strata have treated bathing as a communal activity integrating personal hygiene and public health with rituals, relaxation, conversations, drinking, political intrigue, business, and sex. Communal steam baths have survived the Mongols, Peter the Great, and Soviet communism  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Pollock, Ethan, 1969- author.
Without the banya we would perish
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2019002992
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ethan Pollock
ISBN: 9780195395488 0195395484
OCLC Number: 1083176161
Awards: Winner of A Financial Times Best Book of 2019 in History.
Description: x, 343 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Older even than the Tsar --
The great healer --
Soot, dirt, and human flesh packed together --
Our people love the banya but nothing good comes of it --
The onslaught of civilazation --
Either socialism will defeat the louse or the louce will defeat socialism --
Things are bad on the banya front --
Here nobody is naked, there is no need for shame --
The banya... is it still necessary? --
In the banya I changed my world view.
Responsibility: Ethan Pollock.


The first history of the banya, this book offers a sweeping cultural history of an institution that is emblematic of Russian identity.  Read more...


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What does it mean to be clean? That is the fundamental question underlying Ethan Pollock's fascinating study of the Russian banya, or bathhouse. For Russians, getting clean is not merely about Read more...

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