Styolypin's Land Reform 1906-1911

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De-revolutionising the Pesantry

  • Peasants were very much opposed to the Tsar as was evident in the 1905 Revolution
  • Most of the peasantry feared the Govt. was going to seize their land of mortgage holders who did not pay
  • Stolypin cancelled all these mortgage repayments and so this left the peasants on good terms with the Tsar which effectively strengthened the Tsarist regime
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Wager on the Strong

  • Stolypin wished to create a sense of security and so he created a new wealthy class of peasants- the Kulaks
  • In 1906-1907 he sought out his idea of the "wager on the strong" where he set up a Land Bank system to provide funds for the peasants, which overall made them a lot stronger and happier with Tsarism, which once again maintained his strength
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Increasing food production

  • Food shortages were becoming widespread throughout Russia
  • Stolypin wished to increase food production and he combated this by getting farmers to remove their ***** system and replace with fenced fields that allowed them to grow more crops to produce more food which could help feed the growing population
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Re-settlement of Barren Land

  • Stolypin aimed at balancing out the Russian population
  • Lot of burren land needed to be resettled throughout Russia such as areas in Siberia
  • Much of the popn. including peasants were distributed there and they could use the land and use their new effective harvesting methods to turn these places into food-growing regions
  • Strength for Tsarism grew once again through support from the peasants
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