Social change in russia 1855-1894

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Was the most significant change the growth of the middle class? Would emancipation and industrialisation contest this? What other factors would compete?

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Industrialisation of Russia was undoubtedly the most significant change ranging from 1855-1894. The emancipation of serfs was not liberal-thinking by Tsar Alexander II, but rather a manipulation of society in order to mobilise the state for its industrial development, abandoning its medieval technology in favour of systems similar to that of the Western world. That is not to say, however, that there weren't other signifcant factors that helped to change Russian society. In fact, the growth of opposition from a relaxation in censorship and increased exposure to key literary figures such as, Chernyshevsky, Tolstoy and Marx helped to instigate resistance towards the Romanov regime. However, the extent of this opposition's achievement was very minimal considering the reversal of policies and abandonment of the Loris-Melinkov Constitution following the People's Will's assassination of Tsar Alexander II.

That's an introduction, maybe a bit lengthy, but should give you some ideas.
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Industrialisation of Russia was undoubtedly the most significant change ranging from 1855-1894. The emancipation of serfs was not liberal-thinking by Tsar Alexander II, but rather a manipulation of society in order to mobilise the state for its industrial development, abandoning its medieval technology in favour of systems similar to that of the Western world. That is not to say, however, that there weren't other signifcant factors that helped to change Russian society. In fact, the growth of opposition from a relaxation in censorship and increased exposure to key literary figures such as, Chernyshevsky, Tolstoy and Marx helped to instigate resistance towards the Romanov regime. However, the extent of this opposition's achievement was very minimal considering the reversal of policies and abandonment of the Loris-Melinkov Constitution following the People's Will's assassination of Tsar Alexander II.

That's an introduction, maybe a bit lengthy, but should give you some ideas.
Thanks so much! However I realised I left out "social", as in was the most important social change the growth of the middle class? thanks!
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Thanks so much! However I realised I left out "social", as in was the most important social change the growth of the middle class? thanks!
No problem. I hope that helps.
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