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The first world war through the eyes of Tatar soldiers

L.R. Gabdrafikova

328-348 p.



The article presents the everyday lives of Tatar soldiers during World War I. Analysis was conducted using a wide range of sources: soldiers’ letters, folklore, literary works by soldiers-writers and publications in the press, as well as official documents. In the Russian Empire, the Tatar people were considered as a national minority. Tatar soldiers Due to their religion and language, Tatar soldiers were distinguished from the larger the army. The study reviewed the attitudes the Tatar soldiers towards the difficulties of military life, their mentality, religious issues, and relationships in a small group.


Keywords: everyday life history, Kazan Province, Orenburg Province, military historical anthropology, Muslims, soldiers' letters, Tatar folklore, Tatar literature, Tatars, World War I


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About the author: Liliya R. Gabdrafikova is a Doctor of Science (History), Chief Research Fellow in the Department of Historical and Cultural Heritage of the Peoples of Tatarstan, Sh. Marjani Institute of History of the Tatarstan Academy of Sciences (Entrance 5, Kremlin, Kazan 420014, Russian Federation); bahetem@mail.ru