Civil Society in Late Imperial Russia
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In the popular mind, the government of Imperial Russia oppressed the citizenry, and the majority of citizens were illiterate and poverty-stricken, with no chance of bettering their lot.1 As the Soviet Union disintegrated in the 1990s, some claimed that Russians had never known democracy, implying that they never would. Some historians, meanwhile, insisted that society in late Imperial Russia had been so fragmented as to render it inert. Others contended that society in the late imperial period was hopelessly polarized, thus precipitating revolutions in 1905 and 1917.