Russian Peasants Go To Court
How Different a Justice?
Bleaching canvas on the roof of a peasant home in winter, Moscow Province.
From the collection of Mikhail Zolotarev.
The final chapter of Russian Peasants Go to Court considers the significance of peasant jurisprudence, and presents an account of peasant legal practice strongly at odds with received ideas about peasant traditionalism and backwardness. The township courts of rural Russia provide a window on the values of peasant litigators and on participatory social transformation in rural Russia during the early twentieth century.
© 2004 Jane Burbank, New York University
with permission from Indiana University Press