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“All Canteens Are under a Bell Jar!”: A Review of Public Catering in the Yaroslavsk District in 1930 (A Case Study of the Newspaper “Severny Rabochiy”)


Tikhomirov N. V.



Introduction. The article examines the features of everyday life of residents of the Yaroslavl district of the RSFSR in the context of the All-Union Public Catering Review of 1930. The features of the work of city catering establishments and related problems in the field of arrangement of canteens, the hygienic condition of kitchens, preparation of lunches and their cost are studied. The relevance of the study is due to the sustained interest on the part of the scientific community in the problems of everyday life of the Soviet population of the pre-war period, as well as the objective need to provide research in this area with new sources and develop a methodology for working with them.

Materials and methods. The source of the study was the publications of the district newspaper “Severny Rabochiy” during the period of the review. The work is based on a historical and anthropological approach to understanding the subject under study, which made it possible to examine and reproduce in detail certain aspects of the social life of citizens. Techniques of content analysis and quantitative research are used.

Results and discussion. The findings deepen scientific understanding of the everyday life of the Yaroslavl district in the initial period of Soviet industrialization and show the uniqueness of the process of formation of socialist life in a particular region. The study of newspaper publications within the framework of the stated topic made it possible to identify the significant information potential of this source and to recreate in general terms the features of the passage of mass public campaigns in the USSR in the early 1930s.

Conclusions. The contradictions inherent in the social relations of the region in question in the field of public catering have been identified. The causes of the corresponding problems are identified, and their impact on the lifestyle of urban residents is shown using specific examples. The heuristic capabilities of periodicals for studying Soviet everyday life are demonstrated.

Keywords: history of everyday life, microhistory, public catering, periodicals, Soviet newspapers, Yaroslavl

For citation: Tikhomirov NV. “All Canteens Are under a Bell Jar!”: A Review of Public Catering in the Yaroslavsk District in 1930 (A Case Study of the Newspaper “Severny Rabochiy”). Bulletin of the Research Institute of the Humanities by the Government of the Republic of Mordovia. 2024;16(2):54—68. EDN CHIVOE




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The article was submitted 12.01.2024; approved after reviewing 22.03.2024; accepted for publication 25.03.2024.


Information about the author:

Nikita V. Tikhomirov, Associate Professor of the Department of Source Studies of the Russian State University for the Humanities (6 Miusskaya Square, Moscow 125047, Russia), Candidate of Historical Sciences, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2808-3763, tihomirov_n@rambler.ru


Conflict of interests: the author declares no conflict of interests.


The author has read and approved the final version of the manuscript.