Patriotism in the Provinces in 1812: Volunteers and Donations

  • Janet M. Hartley
Part of the War, Culture and Society, 1750–1850 book series


Tsar Alexander I appealed in July 1812 to his subjects to defend the fatherland ‘with the cross in your heart and weapon in your hand’. It was expected that loyal subjects, from all corners of the Empire, would sacrifice themselves on the battlefield but also that they would sacrifice goods and money to help the war effort. But how convincingly can the reaction in Russian provinces to events in 1812 be labelled as ‘patriotism’? This chapter will address this issue by looking at two areas: volunteers for the temporary militias and donations.


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