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Investigating Modernity Through the Lens of a Recreation Venue: Pleasure Gardens in Late Imperial St. Petersburg and Moscow

Popular Entertainment Studies. 2017. Vol. 8. No. 2. P. 38-53.

This article investigates aspects of modernity through a study of pleasure gardens in  St. Petersburg and Moscow in the late nineteenthand early twentiethcenturies.  Russian pleasure gardens, being mere imitations of the English venues, reflect how  western ideas connected to entertainment were modified, enriched with local  features and used for wider purposes. This study argues that pleasure gardens were  translators of a developing mass culture, providing facilities for testing new  technology and leisure practices, and were also indicators of cultural changes which  were experienced by an urban population in the late-ImperialRussia.Svetlana  Ryabovaholds a Ph. D. from Moscow State University and is a Senior Lecturer in the  Higher School of Economicsin Moscow. She has a particular interest in social and  cultural history.