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What is the historical context behind Uncle Vanya?
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Chekov wrote Uncle Vanya during a period of social, political and economic upheaval in Russia. During the 19th century, Russia was trying to move from a mediaeval to a modern economic and social system. This upheaval continued well into the 20th century, leading up to the Russian Revolution.
Chekov was the grandson of a serf. Serfs were left over from mediaeval times, and were essentially slaves. The serfs were freed in 1861, when Chekov was a year old. However most former serfs and families were extremely poor. Although this is not an overly political play, Chekov was concerned with the plight of the poor and downtrodden.
Posted by litteacher8 on February 18, 2012 at 3:00 AM (Answer #1)
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