19th February 1861, serfdom got abolished in the Russian Empire.

A painting of dancing peasants.

19th February, 1861: In the course of a major agrarian reform the serfs* got freed. They got little plots of land, most meadows and forests were left in the hands of the ruling class. Some say the abolishment was late, badly thought-out and set grounds for the  Revolution in Russia.

Abraham Lincoln will set the slaves of Rebel states free in 1863.

* The term ‘serf’ means the unfree (some say enslaved) peasants in the Russian Empire. Russian term is ‘krepostnoi krestyanin’. Or ‘krepostnoy‘ for short.

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3 Comments to “19th February 1861, serfdom got abolished in the Russian Empire.”

  1. Krepostnoi krestyanin – Strong christians?

    What does the word mean, translated literally?

    • Translated literally – enslaved peasants. ‘Krepostnoi’ meaning ‘enslaved’, ‘krestyanin’ – ‘peasant’. ‘Christian’ is ‘hristianin’ in Russian.

  2. Ah. I’m Slovenian myself, and I was basically guessing what it would mean if the words were in Slovene.

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