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Lord and Peasant in Russia : From the 9th to the 19th Century - Jerome Blum

Lord and Peasant in Russia

From the 9th to the 19th Century

Paperback Published: 21st April 1971
ISBN: 9780691007649
Number Of Pages: 688

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To understand Russian history without understanding serfdom--the peasant-lord relationship that shaped Russia for centuries--is impossible. Still, before Jerome Blum, no scholar had tackled the subject in depth. Monumental in scope and pathbreaking in its analysis, "Lord and Peasant in Russia" garnered immediate attention upon its publication in 1961, a year that also marked the one hundredth anniversary of the emancipation of the Russian serfs. As one reviewer remarked, "No better book on the subject exists; it is indispensable to the serious student of Russia."

On a scale befitting Russia--a sixth of the earth's land mass--Blum's book explored in almost seven hundred pages the legal and social evolution of its predominantly agricultural population, the types of peasant status, and the multifaceted nature of the master-peasant relationship. More important, Blum was the first to articulate the necessity of placing serfs front and center in the study of Russian history. As a reviewer for the "Economist" wrote, "Mr. Blum has written not just a monograph on landlords and peasants in Russia but a history of Russia from a particular point of view. There is no denying that the history of a country where . . . a bare 13 percent of the population was urban can with impunity be written in terms of landlords and peasants." In 1962, it was awarded the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the American Historical Association; it remains a cornerstone of Russian historiography.

Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. 3
Kievan Russia
The First Age of Expansionp. 13
Peasant Communes and Private Landownersp. 24
Estate Organization and Labor Forcep. 43
The Mongol Era
The Tatar Yoke: Age of Declinep. 57
Landlords of the Mongol Erap. 70
Black People and Landlords' Peasantsp. 93
Peasants, Slaves, and Peonsp. 106
The 16th and 17th Centuries
A New Era of Economic Expansionp. 117
Absolutism and Aristocracyp. 135
Depression and Slow Recoveryp. 152
Landlords in an Age of Revolutionp. 168
Changes in the Seignioral Economyp. 199
The Plight of the Peasantryp. 219
The End of the Roadp. 247
The Last 150 Years of Serfdom
Trade and Industryp. 277
The Factory Labor Forcep. 308
Agriculturep. 326
The Dvorianstvo Ascendancyp. 345
Rich Noble, Poor Noblep. 367
The Seignioral Economyp. 386
Masters and Serfsp. 414
Silent Obediencep. 442
The Non-Seignioral Peasantryp. 475
The Village Communityp. 504
Reformers, Rebels, and Abolitionistsp. 536
The End of an Agep. 575
Some Conclusions and Generalizationsp. 601
Glossaryp. 621
List of Works Citedp. 623
Indexp. 647
Maps
Russia in the 12th and Early 13th Centuries
Russia at the End of the 16th Century
European Russia in the 1850's
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ISBN: 9780691007649
ISBN-10: 0691007640
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 688
Published: 21st April 1971
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 0.98