Noble Landownership in 18th-Century Russia: Revisiting the Economic and Sociopolitical Consequences of Partible Inheritance

@article{Chernikov2016NobleLI,
  title={Noble Landownership in 18th-Century Russia: Revisiting the Economic and Sociopolitical Consequences of Partible Inheritance},
  author={S. Chernikov and S. Tereshchenko},
  journal={Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History},
  year={2016},
  volume={17},
  pages={277 - 304}
}
The idea that partible inheritance had a negative influence on the economic well-being of noble families is well known; it was set out in the famous Law of Single Inheritance published by Peter the Great in 1714. (1) Most historians believe that after a few generations, the absence of primogeniture led to a catastrophic reduction in the size of landed property belonging to the descendants of noblemen, even to their complete ruin. (2) Several works demonstrate that the practice of partible… Expand