RUSSIAN HISTORIOGRAPHY ON THE SERF PEASANTRY DURING THE FINAL STAGE OF SERFDOM IN RUSSIA
L. M. Rianskii, R. L. Rianskii
Kursk State University
The authors assess the contemporary Russian historiography on serfs’ economic conditions before the abolition of serfdom in the Russian Empire. They concentrate on studies published in the Soviet Union and Russia from the mid-twentieth through the early twenty-first centuries. The authors conclude that, after a ten year lull in scholarship, there has been a recent revival of interest in the serf village during the first half of the nineteenth century, although it has not reached the scale characteristic of Soviet historiography in the 1950s through 1970s.
Keywords: peasant household, allotment, lordly ploughland, economic conditions, paternalism, natural increase, serf dues, household inventories.