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The Positive Impact on the Peasants

-50 million serfs were freed by the Emancipation
-Each serf family was allowed to keep their cottage and each family was also given a plot of
land with 85% of former serfs becoming land owners over the next 20 years.
-Ambitious peasants were able…

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The Negative Impact on the Nobles

-Most nobles didn't want to free their serfs; they had been forced to by the Tsar. This
undermined support for the Tsar.
-With the loss of their serfs, the nobles lost social status.
-The emancipation did not stop the economic decline of the nobility…

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