The article examines the new phenomenon in the lives of middle-class Chinese women, manifested in the dramatic change in marital status of women living in Shanghai during the period of the Chinese Republic. In the center of research are such questions as improving of the status of daughters, women’s right to divorce, the appearance of a large number of urban women without family, transformation of the institution of concubines. It is shown that in comparison with the previous centuries due to significant lifestyle changes urban inhabitant obtained new opportunities for self-development, but at the same time faced with many economic and psychological challenges.
A critical review of a monography written by Yuri Vasil'evich Vanin (1930-2017) "The Soviet Union and North Korea, 1945-1948"
The article is about a South African woman writer Ollivia Shreiner (1855-1920). She is considered the founder of South Africa's Anglophone belles-lettres. Since the 1880-s her creation has become known far outside her homeland and, in particular, has won a vast readership in Russia. M. Gorky admired her books. A. Davidson not only recounts the writer's remarkable biography and describes the main directions of her creation, but he also researches the reasons for the interest in her exactly in Russia, which still continues.