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Aleksandr Nikitenko, descended from once-free Cossacks, used to be born into serfdom in provincial Russia in 1804. one in all 300,000 serfs owned via count number Sheremetev, Nikitenko as grew to become fiercely decided to realize his freedom. during this memorable and relocating e-book, right here translated into English for the 1st time, Nikitenko recalls the main points of his youth and early life in servitude in addition to the six-year fight that finally brought him into freedom in 1824. one of the only a few autobiographies ever written through an ex-serf, Up from Serfdom presents a special portrait of serfdom in nineteenth-century Russia and a profoundly transparent experience of what such bondage intended to the folk, the tradition, and the country. emerging to eminence as a professor at St Petersburg collage, former serf Nikitenko set approximately writing his autobiography in 1851, counting on his personal diaries (begun on the age of fourteen and maintained all through his life), his father's correspondence and files, and the tales that his mom and dad and grandparents instructed as he was once growing to be up.
He remembers his city, his education, his masters and mistresses, and the utter capriciousness of a serf's life, illustrated so much vividly through his father's lurching direction from convenience to destitution to legal to rehabilitation. Nikitenko's description of the tragedy, melancholy, unpredictability, and miraculous success of his formative years is a compelling human tale that brings to existence as by no means ahead of the stories of the serf in Russia within the early 1800s.

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