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Emancipation of the Serfs
Three possible approaches:

1. Freed by decree without land
2. Serfdom abolished but the peasants payed for the land kept
3. Peasants `obliged' to perform certain services either temporarily or indefinitely

1858: Main Committee for Peasant Affairs set up

Landowners where soil was fertile wished to…

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Many peasants unable to keep up with their redemption payments, which had to be
rearranged over a longer period
Many households became impoverished
Remained subject to recruitment for military service and corporal punishment
Were not treated as individuals but as part of the commune
Powers of the Commune included:…

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