Provincial Readers and Agrarian Reform, 1760s–70s: The Case of Sloboda Ukraine
Since the founding of the Free Economic Society, no small effort and labor have been spent on publishing useful advice and instructions, but the desired effect is nowhere to be found. In this locale I have observed that only recently have they begun to learn to use potatoes. They spin and weave cotton (for which a factory in Kazan has already been built) and stockings and caps are knit from it. Many homes here already use goat hair. And this year Siberian buckwheat, which previously succumbed to frost and which before was unknown, has begun to be sown in some places. Undoubtedly, from time to time other instructions of the Society may be put to use; but immediately and quickly, and without the support of the supreme power, they will never become general custom.
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Affiliations: Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee.
Publication date: October 1, 2002