By Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy's passionate and iconoclastic writings—on problems with religion, immortality, freedom, violence, and morality—reflect his highbrow look for fact and a faith firmly grounded in truth. the choice encompasses a Confession," "Religion and Morality," "What Is faith, and of What Does Its Essence Consist?," and "The legislation of affection and the legislations of Violence."

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Administrative ambiguity was the result. Such institutional diversification could only hamper the government's attempts to deal with unrest in the rural areas. THE PEASANT RESPONSE The government's early moves in the sphere oflocal administration provoked disappointment and disillusionment in the countryside. The peasants interpreted the fall of the tsar as signifying an end to the traditional rule of the land-owners and the chinovniki sympathetic to them, and the establishment of an administrative structure responsive to those over whom it ruled.

The changing relationship between these impulses was a determining factor in the course of development of peasant organisation in I 9 I 7. The first of these impulses was a tendency among the peasants to look upwards for guidance and direction. Traditional reluctance to act without some sort of guidance from above was reinforced in early I9I7 by the speed with which unforeseen events occurred in Petrograd. In the ever-changing situation, the peasants were particularly anxious to learn of the new events because of the effect those events could have on their own life situations.

Even disputes over land frequently were taken before government bodies. 9 Such faith in the government, albeit conditional on the government acting in the peasants' interests, was an important factor in the early part of the year. However the peasants' faith in the government did not last. The initial wave of support soon foundered and popular enthusiasm turned into disillusionment as the government continually failed to implement the measures demanded by the peasants. The broad outlines of government policy went no way toward satisfying the peasants' demands.

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