The Decembrist movement and uprising together constitute a landmark in Russia’s political history as the first attempt to effect a fundamental change in the Empire’s system of government through a constitutional project backed by armed force. Its name derives from the month in which the military uprising the movement instigated occurred in St Petersburg on 14th December 1825. The Decembrists were young noblemen, many of them officers of the Guards Regiments, whose leaders aimed to replace the autocratic Romanov regime with a Western-style law-based constitutional political and social system by means of a coup d’état.
The Decembrists’ ideology was shaped by the …
Citation: OMeara, Patrick. "Decembrist Uprising [Movement] of 1825". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 June 2006 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=1671, accessed 25 September 2020.]