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The Great Reforms
Autocracy, Bureaucracy, and the Politics of Change in Imperial Russia
W. Bruce Lincoln
"An excellent work of scholarship that will be welcomed alike by specialists and instructors in courses on modern Russian history." —Russian Review
The Great Reforms of the 1860s marked the broadest attempt at social and economic renovation to occur in Russia between the death of Peter the Great in 1725 and the Revolution of 1905. In just more than a decade, imperial reform acts freed Russia's serfs, restructured her courts, established institutions of local self-government in parts of the empire, altered the constraints that censorship imposed on the press, and transformed Russia's vast serf armed forces into a citizen army in which men from all classes bore equal responsibility for military service.
(1990) 303 pp.
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