When Russia grew in its empire, they also grew in the number of ethnicities within its empire. Since Russia grew in the number of ethnicities it had within its empire, Kappeler’s chapter on ethnicity in late tsarist Russia felt like a whirlwind. But, as much as a whirlwind as the chapter may have felt, one takeaway I did get was that a great number of nationalities, if not all nationalities, were treated relatively equally.
I believe this because of the high number of non-Russians who were in the upper echelon of Russian Empire society.… Read the rest here
The Decembrist movement, named after the month of the failed revolution, was a movement championed by military men of higher standing from educated backgrounds. The leaders of the movement were officers who couched their positions in the military amidst assumed political responsibility derived from positions in secret societies. The “Northern Society,” responsible for the formation in the Senate Square in St. Petersburg, kept the rank and file men supporting them unaware of the purpose for their insurrection. … Read the rest here
After reading Village Life in Tsarist Russia by Olga Semyonova Tian-Shanskaia and edited by David L. Ransel, one has gains new insight into what the world of a peasant in tsarist times looked like. For instance, as they lived in the countryside and were not a part of urban society, their views on religion were much different than citizens living in cities. While in the city, people were practiced Russian Orthodoxy quite strictly; however, in the countryside, peasants did not receive formal education when it came to religion, and this led to an odd mixture of paganism and Orthodoxy. … Read the rest here