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Explain why many Russians were dissatisfied with the decree emancipating the serfs in 1861

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´╗┐Explain why many Russians were dissatisfied with the decree ?emancipating the serfs? in 1861. The decree ?emancipating the serfs? was unsuccessful in Russia for many reasons. It mainly negatively affected the majority of the peasants, but it created problems for some nobility and landowners too. Firstly most peasants resented having to pay redemption payments. Although the peasants previously paid feudal dues before the emancipation, much of the land the peasants worked on had been in their families for generations, and so they considered it theirs. They therefore begrudged having to carry on paying for what they regarded as their own property. In some cases peasant families were granted even less land than what they had previously worked on, but were required to pay higher redemption fees which to many seemed unfair. ...read more.


This meant that some peasants either had to rent land as they couldn?t afford the redemption payments set by the Mir, or carry on working for their old masters and give them half the crops they grew. Due to the financial problems caused by the Mir, some peasants were even eventually forced to sell out to the kulaks who became yet another source of resentment. Despite the problems the Mir had however most peasants were tied to it. Because of the strict rules regarding the distribution of land, peasants could not have full rights over their land as each male child born in the town was entitled to its own property. ...read more.


Apart from peasants, emancipation also caused distress for landowners. Not only had they lost free labour, but the increased payments led to peasant uprisings. Over 647 riots occurred after the decree, meaning the following years were difficult as well as dangerous for landowners and nobility. The majority of money that redemption payments were supposed to provide was actually spent paying off debt, and so by 1905 one third of the land landowners had previously owned was sold for money. Many landowners actually decided to move towns, and resented the government for their loss of property. Overall there were many reasons why a lot of Russians were dissatisfied with emancipation, the main ones relating to the vast payments peasants had to make. The decree actually had a lot of the reverse effects that were attended, and it was neither successful or satisfied the Russian people. ...read more.

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