Other late Soviet historians, such as Peter A. Petersburg by Dmitry Karakozov. It would take many years for it to right itself and sufficiently see to the needs of the peasants.
This became a problem not just for the landowner but the public at large. Despite peasants' frustrations and protests, land shortages, and failures to meet their tax and redemption payment obligations, two facts point to the emancipation's positive impact: the population of the Russian Empire, which was more than 80 percent peasant, exploded in the post-emancipation years in demographic testimony to the improving health of the liberated peasantry, especially children; and peasants began to buy more land from the nobility in the succeeding decades.
Barbarous medieval punishments were abolished. Dmitri Milyutin, the minister of war from tospearheaded reforms in the army, while Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich did so for the navy.
Petersburg could boast that it commanded the largest army in Europe in numberspoor roads, antiquated weapons, and low morale prohibited the effective use of that awesome potential power.