9780691619088-0691619085-Emancipation of Russian Nobility, 1762-1785 (Princeton Legacy Library)

Emancipation of Russian Nobility, 1762-1785 (Princeton Legacy Library)

ISBN-13: 9780691619088
ISBN-10: 0691619085
Author: Jones, Robert E.
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Format: Paperback 340 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780691619088
ISBN-10: 0691619085
Author: Jones, Robert E.
Publication date: 2015
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Format: Paperback 340 pages

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Catherine the Great's treatment of the Russian nobility has usually been regarded as dictated by court politics or her personal predilections. Citing new archival sources, Robert Jones shows that her redefinition and reorganization of the Russian nobility were in fact motivated by reasons of state.

In 1762, Peter III had "emancipated" the nobility from obligatory state service, and in the early years of her reign Catherine attempted to govern Russia through a bureaucratic administration. Although this threatened the provincial nobles with social and economic decline, the government was oblivious to their plight until the peasant revolt of 1773-1775 convinced Catherine that she could not provide Russia with a government capable of defending and promoting the national interest without them. This realization led to the formation of a new alliance between the state and the nobility, based on a mutual fear of peasant revolt and expressed first in the provincial reforms of 1775 and finally in Catherine's Charter to the Nobility of 1785. In the 1760's Catherine had hoped to forestall peasant uprisings by improving the lot of the serfs and limiting the authority of the serf-owners. But faced with the choice between controlling the serfs in a way open to abuses and eliminating abuses in a way that might lead to loss of control, Catherine chose the former. Her Charter committed the state to the preservation of serfdom and the reactionary ancien régime.

Originally published in 1973.

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