take action for the recovery of such properties purchased

vladv

Senior Member
Russian-Russia
A decree of November 8,1847, granted the serfs the privilege of buying their freedom if the estate on which they lived was sold at public auction; two years later, under the pressure of ultra-conservative opinion, the exercise of this right was made subject to the approval of the bankrupt owner. By virtue of a law of March 3, 1848, serfs were allowed to acquire landed properties, but only with the approval of their lord; they were, moreover, denied the right to take action for the recovery of such properties purchased previous to the passing of the law.

Micheal Florinsky, Russia. History and interpretation

Could you please intepret the bolded in your own words -so the serfs could buy land right? But what does take action for the recovery of such properties purchased previous to the passing of the law mean in other words? Thanks

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  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    take action - take legal action
    for the recovery of such properties - to get such properties back
    purchased - if those properties were purchased
    previous to the passing of the law. - before the passing of the law
     

    bh7

    Senior Member
    Canada; English
    The decree of March 3, 1848 did not grant to serfs a retroactive right to sue in court for a rescission of a previous land sale in order for the serf to be able to buy the land on which he lived and worked.
     
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