Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

Some people these days dream they could live in different times, for example during the time of the Russian Empire, imaging themselves being counts, dukes or some other kind of “nobility”. However, over 80% of the Russian Empire’s population were peasants, and here are some photos of their life.  The first photo above is a peasant’s house in 1860.

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

Peasants making wooden spoons

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

A village near Nizhny Novgorod

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

Counts talk about the “common people” (Including count Leo Tolstoy, the writer – in the middle of the photo, with a white beard)

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

People having rest in the early 1900s

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

Peasants of Mokhovoe village during a Sunday prayer

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

A village gathering on Sakhalin island

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

1918, after the Revolution. The man with the rifle might be confiscating food

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

A village near Moscow

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

A village house near the end of 19th century

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

A church holiday, when you commemorate people who have died of causes other than natural causes, celebrated seven days after Easter.

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

1871

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

A house, 1890

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire

The lives of village peasant people were not easy. It was much more easy for the people in such photos who usually hadn’t worked a day of their lives in the field or on other hard tasks. However, nostalgic tendencies are usually associated with such people.

1 thought on “Photos of Peasant Life in Russian Empire”

  1. In photo #12 the gunman, probably a Chekist, seems to be carrying an M1917 Enfield rifle, the American version of the British Enfield P14, chambered in 30-06 and the main rifle used by the US Expeditionary Forces in Europe, due to a shortage of Springfield rifles.
    With the exception of the architecture, the “peasants” could have been American farmers up to the Second World War, since many farms did not have electricity, running water or sewers, and used mules instead of tractors.

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