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The Russian Landed Gentry and the Peasant Emancipation of 1861


  • Date Published: October 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521089197

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  • This books is concerned with the emancipation of the Russian serfs in 1861, the most important event in Russian history between the reign of Peter the Great (1682–1725) and the Revolution of 1905. It is a social history of the emancipation. The attitudes of the landowning gentry toward emancipation: their part in its preparation and their conflict with the government over the terms of emancipation and related reforms, are the major subjects treated. The book shows in what circumstances the emancipation took place, and how the gentry were involved in the process. The undertaking of emancipation produced a political and social crisis which involved a serious threat to the autocratic regime, laid the foundations for the rise of constitutional liberalism in Russia, but destroyed the foundations of the gentry class.

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    • Date Published: October 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521089197
    • length: 504 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Landed Gentry, Serfdom and First Steps Towards Emancipation:
    1. Introduction: some social and institutional characteristics of the landed gentry before 1861
    2. The gentry as serf-owners and first steps toward emancipation
    3. The government's first steps and the gentry
    Part II. The Provincial Gentry Committees, 1858–9:
    4. The Tver landed gentry prepare for peasant emancipation
    5. The liberal program elsewhere in Russia
    Part III. The Gentry Versus the Bureaucracy, 1858–61:
    6. The government and the gentry, April 1858–November 1859
    7. The provincial gentry assembled and the Second Convocation of gentry deputies in Petersburg (December 1859–April 1860)
    Part IV. The Gentry After Emancipation, 1861–5:
    8. Promulgation of emancipation and the Tver gentry in 1861–2
    9. The variety of gentry views and the 'Constitutionalist Campaign' of 1861–2
    10. Government response to gentry demands and the decline of the gentry opposition movement.

  • Author

    Terence Emmons

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