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Letters from Vladivostok, 1894-1930

Eleanor L. Pray
Edited by Birgitta Ingemanson
With Patricia D. Silver

  • Published: June 2014
  • Subject Listing: Slavic Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 308 pp., 27 illus., 6 x 9 in.
  • Contents

In 1894, Eleanor L. Pray left her New England home to move with her merchant husband to Vladivostok in the Russian Far East. Over the next thirty-six years - from the time of Tsar Alexander III to the early years of Stalin's rule - she wrote over 2,000 letters chronicling her family life and the tumultuous social and political events she witnessed. Vladivostok, 5,600 miles east of Moscow, was shaped by a rich intersection of Asian cultures, and Pray's witty and observant writing paints a vivid picture of the city and its denizens during a period of momentous social change. The book offers highlights from Pray's letters along with illuminating historical and biographical information.
Birgitta Ingemanson is professor of foreign languages and cultures at Washington State University. Patricia D. Silver, Pray's granddaughter, preserved and organized the letters.

"Pray's letters are a treasure trove."
-Helen Hundley, Wichita State University

"A magnificent collection of documents."
-Steven Marks, Clemson University

Contents
List of Place Names
Maps
Introduction: Between the Two Bays: Eleanor Pray's Vladivostok, 1894-1930, by Birgitta Ingemanson
Biographical Sketch: The Smiths and the Prays, by Patricia D. Silver

PART I. THE PEOPLE
1. A Victorian Home in Siberia
Eleanor Pray's New Life
Rituals and Celebrations

2. Women's Work and Leisure
Clothes and Home Designs
Charity Bazaars
Sports

PART II. THE CITY
3. Vladivostok Scenes
Natural Beauty, Picnics, and Excursions
City Landmarks and Man-Made Attractions
Street Vignettes, Human Interaction

4. Historic Names
Magnificent Ships
Nikolai and Alexandra
Lindholm Connections
Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich
Prince Heinrich of Prussia
Isabella Bird Bishop
Richard Theodore Greener

5. Life at the Dacha
Early Visits, 1900-1907
The Novogeorgievsk Estate
The House and Garden
Dacha Entertainments
Philosophical Musings
War

PART III. THE HISTORY
6. The Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905
Waiting for War
The Attack on Port Arthur, the Petropavlovsk
The Bombardment of Vladivostok
Summer and Fall 1904
Mukden
The Baltic Fleet and the Battle of Tsushima
Peace

7. The Riots of 1905-1906
The November Days 1905
Vladivostok's Bloody Sunday

8. Wars, Revolutions, and Foreign Intervention
The War Afar, 1914-1916
The Year of Two Revolutions, 1917
Allied Intervention, January 1918-April 1920
Japanese Occupation, 4-5 April 1920 to 25 October 1922
A Red Cross Sampler

9. A Window Flung Open: New Beginnings
The Soviet Victory
Kunst and Albers to the Rescue
Same Home, Different Times

Acknowledgments
Glossary of Uncommon Terms Frequently Used by Eleanor Pray
Appendix: Biographical Notes on Persons Frequently
Mentioned in the Letters

Notes
Bibliography
Index
Reviews