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In the course of studying Russian History one could justifiably ponder How did Russia ever eventually become a world Super Power considering how they repeatedly found ways to not deal with issues of the time Take for instance the emancipation of serfdom in Russia in 1861 The Russian approach during the reign of Romanov Rulers to deal with issues always seems to be What to do about this or What to do about that Well this or that never seems to never get answered The question of what to do about serfdom has been an enormous debate throughout the history of Russia From the Enlightenment to the Industrial Age the tsars proved that they lacked the ability to answer the question of serfdom There are a string of events occurring over 200 years that would culminate in the Emancipation decree issued by Alexander II on 1861 The seriousness of serfdom discontent first became obvious to the government in 1773 when Pugachev led an army of serfs to revolt against the wealthy estate owners The rebellion was squashed however the instability of serfdom would become apparent for all of Russia and even Europe to see The invasion by Napolean would have consequences for serfdom as well After the defeat of Napolean the Russian government was now able to deal with internal problems mainly What to do about serfdom During the Congress of Vienna was when military leaders of Russia would get to experience The Enlightenment of Europe and the much higher standard of living than that of Russia On their return they shared what they had seen and experienced keeping in mind that the arts and literature in Russia were flourishing People were writing about the Enlightenment in Europe and The Industrial Age that was beginning in London and contrasting Russia to these events Widespread oppression by Nicholaus I became a consequence of the Decembrist Revolt The decline of nobility meant that the bureaucratic
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