Emancipation Of The Serfs Analysis

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The question of investigation for this internal assessment is: “To what extent did the emancipation of the serfs push Russia’s industrial development into a more modern state?” Serfdom was a condition of bondage, where a serf was tied and forced to stay in a particular area. A serf was a peasant who lived under the political system of feudalism, they worked on their landowner’s land, and they were allowed to rent a small patch of land on which they could practice subsistence farming to provide for their own needs. Alexander II recognized that serfdom was a liability to Russia’s development and took actions to try and abolish this feudal system Alexander II published his Emancipation Manifesto in March 1861. The Manifesto had then turned into a law, and all privately owned serfs were given the right to become free citizens, free to their own land and their own businesses and those who were previously tied to the land were entitled to buy the land they had previously leased. Sources of particular relevance were “Alexander II Proclaiming the Emancipation of the Serfs” which was painted by the German painter Gustav Dittenberger in 1861 and the excerpt from Karamzin, Memoir on Ancient and Modern Russia, 1811 which was taken from the textbook Oxford Advanced History, Russia 1855-1991 from Tsars to Commissars by Peter Oxley. Source 1 This source is a painting titled “Alexander II Proclaiming the Emancipation of the Serfs’’ which was painted by the German painter Gustav

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