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The Emancipation of the Serfs in Russia

Peace Arbitrators and the Development of Civil Society

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The Emancipation of the Serfs in Russia by Roxanne Easley
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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.

Author Biography

Roxanne Easley is associate professor of history at Central Washington University. She has published articles in Slavic Review and Tolstoy Studies Journal on political culture during the Russian Great Reforms. She is presently preparing a manuscript on people of mixed ethnic heritage in Russian America.
Release date NZ
May 17th, 2011
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
10 Tables, black and white
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
240
Dimensions
156x234x13
ISBN-13
9780415674867
Product ID
10374288

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