Leisure Activities of a Guard Officer in St. Petersburg at the beginning of the XX century
Authors: Aleksei I. Alekseev
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Due to a newly discovered diary of an officer of the Life Guards 1st Artillery Brigade V.S. Savonko, we have a unique opportunity to get an idea of leisure of Guard officer in 1899–1909. Forms of leisure were diverse: joint feasts in the officers' of the brigade with an almost indispensable card game, lunches and dinners in prestigious restaurants, theaters, cinemas, exhibitions, listening the lectures of a wide range: from military history to the latest advances in all areas of scientific knowledge. Judging by diaries during the military reforms of 1905–1909 an increasingly prominent place in the leisure of the officer was engaged by training and self-education. Their main forms were listening lectures and reading literature.