By Thomas S. Pearson

Smooth Russian historical past begun with the "Great Reforms" of 1861-4 which emancipated the serfs and brought public self-government to aid the kingdom in handling rural management and alter. during this capability, peasant and zemstvo self-government, demonstrated in part at the foundation of Western administrative thought, was once vital to the solvency of the whole nation, autocracy's political evolution, and the destiny of the agricultural gentry, peasants, and townspeople. This e-book is the 1st full-scale account of the improvement of rural self-government from the "Great Reforms" to its bureaucratization within the counterreforms of 1889-90 and their implementation in the course of the following decade. Drawing on quite a lot of archival fabric in Moscow and Leningrad, Pearson pinpoints the concrete difficulties that Russian officers skilled in introducing rural self-government, and indicates that the land captain and zemstvo counterreforms, just like the past "Great Reforms," resulted from useful statist concerns.

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