The emancipation of the serfs, 1861

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The emancipation of the serfs, 1861

FREE PEASANTS

GREATER INCENTIVE TO WORK

GRAIN SURPLUS

EXPORT OF GRAIN PROVIDING MONEY FOR LANDOWNERS/STATE

INVESTMENT IN INDUSTRY WITHIN RUSSIA

MOBILE PEASANTRY MOVING TO TOWNS TO WORK IN INDUSTRY

GREATER PROSPERITY 

What was serfdom?

  • A serf was a bonded labourer.
  • Over-half the serfs were privately owned but some were state owned who lived on the Tsar's land and generally enjoyed more freedom than their counterparts.
  • They were also divided into those paying rent (Obrok) and those who paid with their labour (barschina)
  • Those paying rent had some freedom to practise a trade, but the lord would vary their rent depending on how profitable their trade might be. This stunted enterprise as…

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