Posts tagged ‘pre-Revolution’

February 21, 2011

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.