Married to the Empire. Three Governor’s wives in Russian America 1829-1864

Project leader

Susanna Rabow-Edling, Associate Professor

Project period

January 2010 - Sep 2015

Project description

The project aims to understand the experiences of these women as governors’ wives in the light of prescriptive notions of true womanhood and of the role of women in the civilizing mission. What was it like to be a young woman in the most remote part of the Russian empire and how can these experiences be related to the cult of domesticity and the new ideal of womanhood that took form in the nineteenth century? What was expected of them as representatives of the Russian empire and how did they themselves perceive this role?

Keywords: empire, gender, civilizing mission, Russian America, Lutheran minority