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19th Century Russia

Chaos; power hungry, tumultuous leaders, and both violent and revolutionary ideas, were essential ingredients in 19th century Russia.

19th century Russia was a place of great chaos; power hungry, tumultuous leaders, and both violent and revolutionary ideas. The society of Russia was very strict, and the population was divided into obligatory social classes. Unfortunately, even in the modern world of today with new laws, amendments, and constitutions meant to protect citizens’ rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, society seems to directly replicate the social hierarchies of 19th century Russia.

The social hierarchy of Russia divided the population into five different formations. These included from the top to bottom, clergy, nobility, merchants, middling urbanites, and peasants. Many Russians began to realize that their social definitions no longer applied to their lifestyle, due to the creation of new careers and professions. Those citizens who were moving into new professions found themselves in somewhat of an identity crisis as the customary social hierarchy began to fall apart. The social hierarchies were clearly not working for many citizens, and yet officials continued to strictly enforce compliance with hierarchy class.

Although it may seem as if today’s society does not have a system of hierarchies, there are still remnants of a social class system dispersed throughout any lifestyle. For example, in schools there are hierarchies among students and there are also hierarchies among staff. The class system of students may be based upon multiple aspects of one’s life, such as his or her popularity, grades, personality, or beliefs and moral values.

Among the staff of a school, likewise with any workplace or organization, there will always be hierarchies which will divide the population. Teachers, administrators, bus drivers, janitors, librarians, nurses, etc. may all be put into different, or similar, “classes” based on many of their own characteristics, which could include education or salary. Social classes and hierarchies may be necessary, but they may also have negative affects.

Indeed, the social hierarchies of 19th century Russia were more profound, and ruled over one’s entire life, but the basic formation of the population into groups seems to be reflected into today’s modern society.

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