Land, freedom, and discontent: Russian peasants of the central industrial region prior to collectivisation

  title={Land, freedom, and discontent: Russian peasants of the central industrial region prior to collectivisation},
  author={David L. Hoffmann},
  journal={Europe-Asia Studies},
  • David L. Hoffmann
  • Published 1994
  • Economics, History, Political Science
  • Europe-Asia Studies
THE REVOLUTION OF 1917 seemed to usher in a golden era of land and freedom for the Russian peasantry. The flight of the nobility and tsarist officials from the countryside left peasants with both dramatically increased landholdings and greater autonomy. Moreover, the distribution of newly acquired land reduced the disparity between rich and poor peasants, seeming to create a contented and homogeneous peasantry, impervious to change. Yet at the end of the 1920s Russian peasants experienced a… 

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