The Peoples of Russia Were Consistently Repressed by Their Ruler.' How Far Do You Agree with This View of the Period from 1855 to 1964

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‘The peoples of Russia were consistently repressed by their rulers.’ How far do you agree with this view of the period from 1855 to 1964? The act of subduing someone by force was present consistently throughout the Tsarist regime and the Communist regime. However, the level of which it was implored fluctuated with clear differences between the attitude of Alexander II and the attitude of Stalin. On the contrary some leaders took less effect on repressing the people of Russia such as Nikita Khrushchev. The most prominent form of repression would be towards the Peasants for they were targeted throughout the period. The emancipation of the serfs in 1861 allowed Peasants to have more freedom within local and living matters whereas Stalin introduced collectivisation to which peasants were sent to live work and eat. The Tsarist regime saw many agrarian disturbances occurring including violence and restlessness. Alexander III introduced Land Captains in which Peasants could be monitored by the military in the same way yet to a much larger extent the Collective farms worked in the same way. A high level of rebellion from the Peasants was during the summer of 1917 under the Provisional Government in which the Peasants started taking over the land from their nobles due to the fact that peasant land seizures occurred. The peasants didn’t fear Kerensky. On the other hand Khrushchev was respected by the peasants especially when de-Stalinisation began providing the Peasants, once again, with legal fairness as well as improving their general living standards. From the scale of terror used under each Russian leader it is clear that the communists were more effective and violent towards the Russian people. The Tsars took minimal amount of action towards opposition compared to the constant threat that was present from the Communist leaders. Two major events ‘The Red Terror’
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