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Citizen Countess: Sofia Panina and the Fate of Revolutionary Russia


“Feminist aristocrat, social-minded philanthropist, female cabinet minister, ‘class enemy,’ rootless émigré, US citizen! Sofia Panina’s story, embodying revolutionary Russia’s liberal dreams, abounds in contradictions. Its twists and turns and her own dramatic fate are vividly brought to life in Lindenmeyr’s brilliant feat of scholarly detective work. A compelling and illuminating read!”

- Laura Engelstein, Henry S. McNeil Professor Emerita of Russian History, Yale University

“In Lindenmeyr's telling, Panina appears as a figure who was greatly beloved by many people. Her contributions are not minimized, but neither are her biases or flaws. This book offers an intimate window into the life and milieu of a key figure, who has now been given the scholarly attention she deserves.”

- Julia L. Mickenberg, University of Texas at Austin

“Wonderful job. Great research and solid writing. A real pleasure.”

- Richard G. Robbins, Professor Emeritus of History, University of New Mexico, author of Overtaken by the Night: One Russian's Journey through Peace, War Revolution, and Terror