Agriculture and The Peasantry of Imperial Russia



This photograph from the Prokudin-Gorskii collection shows a large agricultural area in the Russian countryside. Farms of all types could be found throughout the vast Russian Empire, where peasant workers toiled for their livelihoods. The peasantry made up the vast majority of the Russian population, being at the lowest level of the feudal system as ‘serfs’. This feudal system was very much linked to Russia innately having countless farms within its borders. It would not be until the Russian Revolution in 1917 when the feudal system was ultimately discarded to make way for communist ideas such as collective farming.


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2 thoughts on “Agriculture and The Peasantry of Imperial Russia

  1. I think your topic tied into the reading for the course, and this picture is a great example of the agricultural dependence of Russia. You briefly mention the feudal system and I am curious to hear more about the system. Were there any problems? What type of agriculture was the Soviet Union dependent on? Elaboration on the role of the nobility would really push this post to the next level, as well as which agricultural endeavors stimulated the economy during the 20th century.

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