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Abolition of Serfdom in Russia : 1762-1907 - David Moon

Abolition of Serfdom in Russia


Paperback Published: 2nd January 2002
ISBN: 9780582294868
Number Of Pages: 232

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In February 1861 Tsar Alexander II issued the statutes abolishing the institution of serfdom in Russia. The procedures set in motion by Alexander II undid the ties that bound together 22 million serfs and 100,000 noble estate owners, and changed the face of Russia. Rather than presenting abolition as an 'event' that happened in February 1861, The Abolition of Serfdom in Russia presents the reform as a process. It traces the origins of the abolition of serfdom back to reforms in related areas in 1762 and forward to the culmination of the process in 1907. Written in an engaging and accessible manner, the book shows how the reform process linked the old social, economic and political order of eighteenth-century Russia with the radical transformations of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that culminated in revolution in 1917.

List of Table and Map
Introduction to the Series
Note on Translations
Author's Acknowledgements
Publisher's Acknowledgements
Historians and the Abolition of Serfdom
The Structure of the Book
Serfdom In The Russian Empire
The Russian State, the Nobility and Serfdom
Serfdom in the Western Borderlands of the Russian Empire
Noble Estates and the Peasant Villanges
A Crisis Of Serfdom? An Economic Crisis? 'The Peasant Movement.' Conclusion
Further Causes Of Reform And Abolition
Humanitarian Considerations
State Interests
Relations between the State and Nobility
The Decembrist Revolt
Rural Reforms, 1762-1855
Catherine the Great, the Nobility and Serfdom
Limited Reforms of Serfdom in Russia, 1801-48
Reforms of Serfdom in the Western Borderlands
Reforms of the Appanage and State Peasants
Military Reform And The Crimean War
The Need for Military Reform
Military Settlements
Indefinite Leave and the Creation of Reserves
The Crimean War, 1853-56
From Defeat to Reform
Preparing To Abolish Serfdom, 1856-61
Tentative First Steps
The Government's First Programme
The Provincial Committees of Noble Estate Owners
The Government's Second Programme
The Editing Commissions
Final Hurdles
The Terms of The Abolition Of Serfdom
The Statues on the Abolition of Serfdom
The Two-Year Transitional Period
Temporary Obligation
The Redemption Operation
The Proclamation on the Abolition of Serfdom
Responses And Implementation, 1861-63
The Tsar, his Brother and the Government
The Intelligentsia
The Nobility
The Peasantry
Popular Monarchism
The Reform Process, 1863-1907
Temporary Obligation
The Redemption Operation
The End of the Reform Process
The Impact Of The Abolition Of Serfdom
The Wider Context
Estate Owner-Peasant Relations
Peasant Agriculture
Peasant Living Standards
The Position of the Nobility
Public Opinion
Conclusions And Assessments
Abolition and Aftermath
Who's Who
Guide to Further Reading
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ISBN: 9780582294868
ISBN-10: 058229486X
Series: Seminar Studies
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 2nd January 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 17.0  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1