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How did emancipation change the lives of the Russian serfs?

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2014-09-17 23:45:33
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For the first time, the serfs were not tied to the land, and had the opportunity to work for their own benefit. Although it seemed to be a great act that would benefit the serfs above all others, this was not entirely true. The compensation of the landowners far outweighed what the serfs were able to gain. The land that they were provided, was not of the same quality the landlords kept for themselves.

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The emancipation of Russian serfs


When Alexander II freed the serfs (peasants) in Russia in 1861. The serfs were never truly freed. The Russian government bought land from the landowners to give to the serfs, but the serfs were required to repay the Russian government. These repayments took 49 years and the serfs stayed on the land until it was fully repaid.


I presume you mean Tsar Alexander II of the Russian Empire. He did many things, of course, but his main achievement was the emancipation, at LONG last, of the millions of Russian serfs.


The Russian czar, Alexander II, wanted to compete industrially and economically with European powers. He freed the serfs, hoping to have a larger labor pool to work in industrial jobs.


Serfs were slaves and not a different group of people ( serf is Latin for slave). In the middle ages there was no emancipation for these people.


Roxanne Easley has written: 'The emancipation of the serfs in Russia' -- subject(s): Emancipation, Arbitrators, Serfs, Civil society


Yes, they were. Being freed from the chains of serfdom did not make them free from government control and authority. The Russian army conscripted many peasant farmers, former serfs, into the army. The Bolshevik Soviets did the same thing during the Russian Civil War.


the emancipation of russia serfs


set serfs free and gave them land


They ruled the serfs/slaves ( serfs are slaves) and they lived well instead of in a dirt floor hut.


Most likely because the serfs were considered to be lower then dirt at the time, they felt it unnecessary to improve the lives of those who aren't even considered human.


The Emancipation Edict was a negative detriment to the life of serfs. With a major reduction in the work force, conditions for the serf who was in a voluntary lengthy contract became much harder.


In 1861, Alexander II freed the serfs and gave them small farms.


Serfs didn't make their lives into anything. They were basically a restricted, controlled, type of people, not enslaved, just not free to do as they pleased. They were legally bound to live and work on their land. The majority of the Serfs lives were revolved around the soils and farming.


He heavily taxed almost all products, resulting in the serfs becoming poor.


Serfs gave crops to Lords and Lords controlled serfs' lives.


In practical effects, it did nothing. Serfs were bound to the land that they worked. When Tsar Alexander II issued the Emancipation Manifesto it freed the serfs but created economic conditions that made it impractical to leave. The Russian government took land from the owners but paid them for it. Then the serfs were required to repay the government with what were called "redemption payments." Typically, redemption took about 49 years. Serfs were free to leave but if they did leave they had no land to work. Many left for the cities to work in factories instead. If former serfs wanted to own their own farms, they had to pay the redemption payments first.


Serfdom was the basis of the Russian economy for hundreds of years. Many unsuccessful attempts were made to change things for the Serfs. The one successful event was Russian revolution in 1917. They overthrew the Tsar, introduced Communism and established the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics where all businesses were state owned and operated. It was subsequently argued that they became Serfs of the State rather than to the nobles.


No. They were serfs and lived very poorly.


AnswerNo. Not in Europe and 1861 was well past the middle ages. In the United States there were still slaves so in a sense there were still serfs. AnswerThe serfs of the Russian Empire were freed in 1861. There is a link below.


Nicolas de Gerebtzoff has written: 'De l'emancipation des serfs en Russie' -- subject(s): Emancipation, Serfs, Russia, Serfdom


government was separated in culture and geographically from the serfs. This caused a threat of revolt as the conditions for serfs to work and live were becoming too dire. There was also a famine meaning that serfs had to give away too much of there produce in the form of tax, circling back round to the fact that there were bad living conditions. You must also take into account the fact that Alexander II had took a 7 month tour of 30 different Russian provenances, meaning we would have seen the conditions they were living in. Hope this helps


If you are refering to Russian serfdom. Russian serfs were free in the emacipation reform of 1861. Over 20 million serfs were given their freedom. They were also granted the right to get married with out haveing to seek consent.


Instigated by Tsar Alexander II in 1861, he was the first to instigate the Great Reforms. He did this because the idea of reform was becoming gradually more popularized, and he wished to ensure that his people wouldn't revolt for drastic change. In the Emancipation, he emancipated nearly 50 million serfs, and offered them grants of land. The problem was that because they had worked for no pay, the newly emancipated serfs had no money to pay the mandatory taxes.


Tsar Alexander II freed the serfs in 1861.



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