Peasant Myth describes the belief that prior to the Emacipation of the Serfs in 1861, peasants in the Russian Empire lived in communal villages that allocated their resources equitably, provided assistance to its poorest members, rendered justice based on organic customs and norms, and were generally resistant to individual self-interest, individual property rights and markets for labor and other commodities.


  • Tracy Dennison. 2011. The Institutional Framework of Russian Serfdom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-19448-8. pp. 6-11, 93-95


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