Wilson Center Experts

Ethan Pollock

Short-Term Grant
Kennan Institute

Expertise:
Russia and Eurasia
Affiliation:
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Syracuse University
Wilson Center Project(s):
Bathing in Russian Culture: A History of the Bania and its Role in Russian Politics and Identity
Term:
Oct 01, 2005
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Oct 01, 2005

Project Summary

Bathing is a communal activity integrating personal hygiene and public health with religious rituals, relaxation, long conversations, drinking and business deals. For Russians, the bania is a clear marker of identity.