what was imperial russia like?
use and descrive russia with key words? please help what years was imperial russia?? xx
- SpellboundLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Russia begins its Imperialist adventures in 1552 with the capture of the cities of Kazan' and Astrakhan' from the Tatars. It ends in February 1917 when the February Revolution forces Tsar Nicholas II to abdicate.
It is, therefore, a very long period - 450 years - which saw many changes.
I'll paint you a picture of Russia in 1914, before WWI - the beginning of the end of the monarchy.
For the upper echelons of the aristocracy it was fabulous, they lived in huge palaces with every luxury imaginable.
There was a middle class of minor aristocracy, the intelligentsia and merchants and professionals - it was from this class that much of Russia's rich cultural heritage was drawn. There were many great Russian painters, writers and artists (Malevich, Chagall, Turgenev, Pushkin etc.). It was also from this class that the majority of the revolutionaries - of all parties - came from.
For most other people it was hell. Russia was a mostly rural, peasant country - they had to buy their freedom over 50years when they were freed (in 1861), and millions were still serfs (a bit like slavery). Housing was basic, wooden houses with no electricity and outside hole-in-the-ground outhouses.
For workers the pay was poor, housing was diabolical, and the working day was 14 hours long - 6 days a week.
For the large Jewish population in Russia it was terrifying, Tsarist gangs known as Black Hundreds, launched violent rampages, known as pogroms, against Jewish towns and villages, killing, looting and raping.
To see what life was like see the pictures of a Russian city & town life in the late 19th Century / early 20th Century:
- SamLv 71 decade ago
What I remember most is that --- they made all the children do their own homework.