The myth of "unwashed" Russia: the way of life and hygiene of our ancestors
Medieval Europe is often compared to Ancient Russia, not only in the political and economic context, but also in terms of everyday life. For zealous defenders of liberal values, the comparison is, of course, in favor of the Europeans: "The cultural nations of Europe, in contrast to unwashed Russia." But only such statements do not stand up to criticism either in terms of the fact that medieval Europeans were distinguished by "culture and refined manners", nor in terms of the fact that Russia was "unwashed." The image of "unwashed" Russia is a myth that has little in common with reality.
Today, there are many documentary evidences of what was the level of personal and public hygiene in Europe in the Middle Ages and in the territories that are commonly called Russia, Muscovy. And it should be emphasized that the comparison here is definitely not in favor of the European "partners".
The history magazine Proshloe's channel features the candidate's narrative historical Sci., Senior Researcher of the IRI (Institute of Russian History) RAS Stepan Shamin. In this plot, we are talking about life in Russia in the XNUMXth century, including how the Kremlin's water supply was organized, how the obstetric aid was carried out, what features of hygienic procedures distinguished our distant ancestors. Among other things, the so-called "toilet" topic is also raised.
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