Vignettes of Russian Peasant Life from Boris Grebeshnikov

The Coming Home   Dressing Up the Bride   Late for School   In a Peasant Izba

I have been working through YouTube and Pinterest looking for audio and visual depictions of peasant life. I was thrilled to find contemporary Russian singer/songwriter Boris Grebeshnikov, who has recorded a series of songs drawn from Russian peasant melodies. I recommend to you two: In a Peasant Izba, with illustrations of peasant life by the realist painter Ivan Kulikov and Peasant Kids, with paintings by Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky. I have imported paintings by Kulikov, Bogdanov-Belski, and Ilya Repin into a Pinterest board on Russian peasants. As an undergrad I self-identified as a Narodnik, so this was VERY exciting.


About George Vascik, Historian

A 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan, I have taught history at Miami University since 1992. I maintain blogs on teaching Western Civilization and on Great War. My research focuses on anti-Semitism and rural politics in northwest Germany. I am completing a monograph for Bloomsbury Press, Anti-Semitism and Rural Politics. You can follow my project at Along with Mark Sadler, I have published a book of primary documents on the Stab-in-the-Back Myth (Dolchstoßlegende). I also invite you to visit my profession web page at
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