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What in your view was the short term significance of the Decembrist Revolt?

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What in your view was the short term significance of the Decembrist Revolt? Aside from the Pugachev rebellion, the Decembrist revolt of 1825 can be seen as the first organised challenge to autocracy and Tsarism, what was the significance of this event? The Decembrist revolt can clearly be seen to be significant in the guise of social and economic improvements, as the revolt served to make Nicholas aware of the need to satisfy his people in the wake of the revolt, so he set up the committee of investigation to modernise the socio-economic systems of Russia. This committee gave birth to the reform of the serfdom under the fifth section. This change can be seen as significant as it increased efficiency of production, improving the Russia's economy and the quality of life of the peasantry. Other economic change signalled by the arrival of the Decembrist revolt can be seen to be Kakarin's economic modernisation which protected Russian industry from competition. Nicholas himself highlighted the need for the aforementioned reform at the state council saying that,"current ideas are not the same as those that existed previously, and it is clear to every observer that the present situation cannot last forever1".This account can be seen as significant as it was from Tsar Nicholas himself. ...read more.

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of the present moment to forbid such facility(French, Swiss and Germans)of entrance into the country3".I believe this source is significant as it is from Nicholas confiding his true feelings to someone close to him fourteen days after the revolt. The fact he says"there is enough of our rabble" suggests the revolt clearly had some effect on him, this strongly opposes the theory that the revolt resulted in Nicholas making positive concessions for the average Russians. This source also infers a key motivation for reform being that it should be"profitable and consistent"with ensuring future social stability and preventing future uprisings, which was very much the aims of censorship. However it is also worth mentioning that this account was in the heat of the moment, and one cannot discount the theory of revolts causing popular concessions years down the line. This source shows that the revolt definitely shook Nicholas, stirring him into introducing legislation, with aims to prevent another revolt. This is affirmed by the policy of official nationality of"Orthodoxy, Autocracy, Nationality" to protect Russia from harmful influences of change, especially of a revolutionary or democratic nature. The Development of the intelligentsia can be intrinsically linked to the Decembrist revolt. ...read more.

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It is also certainly worth considering whether change was a result of a desire to maintain social stability after the revolt, or due to reactionism. The fact that most change aside from the Imperial Chancery were conducted years after the revolt suggests that legislation was generally enacted to preserve social order instead of trying to immediately and directly amend the situation. This obsession Nicholas had with the preservation of order harks back to the revolt in that his ideas were changed markedly. It is these post-revolt attitudes that I would regard 'ultimate significance' of the revolt. In my estimation, the Decembrists halted the continuation of evolutionary reform which Alexander I had begun by making Nicholas afraid of reform, for fear of future, more significant revolts, thus postponing reform for decades inciting an era of regression. 33 words 1976 words 1 Nicholas I speech at State Council,30th March, in 1842, Russia and the Russians, Geoffrey Hosking P124 2 Queen Victoria on Nicholas I's rule, 11th June 1844, Russia 1815-81, Russell Sherman, P34 648 words 3 Letter from Nicholas to Constantine, 28th December 1825, Anatole G. Mazour, The First Russian Revolution, 1825 4 Alexander Herzen, "The Bell" in 1855, Anatole G. Mazour, The First Russian Revolution, 1825, P271 640 words 5 Nicholas I's manifesto in 1825, Russia and the Russians, Geoffrey Hosking P141 655 words ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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