Contract Enforcement in Russian Serf Society, 1750–1860

  title={Contract Enforcement in Russian Serf Society, 1750–1860},
  author={Tracy Dennison},
  journal={Wiley-Blackwell: Economic History Review},
  • Tracy Dennison
  • Published 2013
  • Economics
  • Wiley-Blackwell: Economic History Review
This article examines questions about contract enforcement in the absence of formal legal institutions, using archival evidence for one particular rural society in pre-emancipation Russia. The evidence presented indicates that enforcement services provided by the local landlord made it possible for Russians from different socioeconomic and legal strata to engage in a wide variety of contractual transactions. However, this system had significant drawbacks in that the poorest serfs could not… Expand
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