The Emancipation of the Serfs in Russia

Peace Arbitrators and the Development of Civil Society

Author: Roxanne Easley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134001932

Category: History

Page: 240

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In the wake of the disastrous Crimean War, the Russian autocracy completely renovated its most basic social, political and economic systems by emancipating some 23 million privately-owned serfs. This had enormous consequences for all aspects of Russian life, and profound effects on the course of Russian history. This book examines the emancipation of the serfs, focusing on the mechanisms used to enact the reforms and the implications for Russian politics and society in the long term. Because the autocracy lacked the necessary resources for the reform, it created new institutions with real powers and autonomy, particularly the mirovoi posrednik, or 'peace arbitrator'. The results of this strategy differed in practice from the authorities’ original intentions. The new institutions invigorated Russian political life, introduced norms that challenged centuries-old customs and traditions, and fostered a nascent civil society, allowing Russia to follow the basic trajectory of Western European socio-political development.

The Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery

Author: Junius P. Rodriguez

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0874368855

Category: History

Page: 805

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Looks at historical arguments made for slavery and abolition, slavery systems in various countries, related legal cases, slave rebellions, slave biographies, the history of the slave trade, and the teachings of various religions concerning slavery

The Institutional Framework of Russian Serfdom

Author: Tracy Dennison

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139496077

Category: History

Page: N.A

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Russian rural history has long been based on a 'Peasant Myth', originating with nineteenth-century Romantics and still accepted by many historians today. In this book, Tracy Dennison shows how Russian society looked from below, and finds nothing like the collective, redistributive and market-averse behaviour often attributed to Russian peasants. On the contrary, the Russian rural population was as integrated into regional and even national markets as many of its west European counterparts. Serfdom was a loose garment that enabled different landlords to shape economic institutions, especially property rights, in widely diverse ways. Highly coercive and backward regimes on some landlords' estates existed side-by-side with surprisingly liberal approximations to a rule of law. This book paints a vivid and colourful picture of the everyday reality of rural Russia before the 1861 abolition of serfdom.

The First Epoch

The Eighteenth Century and the Russian Cultural Imagination

Author: Luba Golburt

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 0299298140

Category: History

Page: 387

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In the shadow of Pushkin's Golden Age, Russia's eighteenth-century culture was relegated to an obscurity hardly befitting its actually radical legacy. Why did nineteenth-century Russians put the eighteenth century so quickly behind them? How does a meaningful present become a seemingly meaningless past? Interpreting texts by Lomonosov, Derzhavin, Pushkin, Viazemsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and others, Luba Golburt finds surprising answers.

A Window on Russia

Papers from the V International Conference of the Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia : Gargnano, 1994

Author: Study Group on Eighteenth-Century Russia. International Conference

Publisher: N.A


Category: Russia

Page: 321

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Reform in Modern Russian History

Progress Or Cycle?

Author: Theodore Taranovski,Lee H. Hamilton,Peggy McInerny

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521451772

Category: History

Page: 436

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An historical introduction to the prospects for reform in Russian state and society.