French corvée
A Peasant Leaving His Landlord on Yuriev Day, painting by Sergei V. Ivanov
Egyptian peasants seized for non-payment of taxes during the Pyramid Age.
Vengeance of Serfs. Engraving by Charles Michel Geoffroy, 1845
Paul I's edict, the manifesto of three-day corvee
Punishment with a knout
C. 1000 BC clay bowl, one day corvée ration(?) Marlik, Iran
The Bargain by Nikolai Nevrev (Sale of a serf girl)
Amarna letter 365, Nuribta
A 1907 painting by Boris Kustodiev depicting Russian serfs listening to the proclamation of the Emancipation Manifesto in 1861
Group of Russian peasant women
Kateryna, painting of a Ukrainian serf girl by Taras Shevchenko, who was himself born a serf

The origins of serfdom in Russia (крепостничество, krepostnichestvo) may be traced to the 12th century, when the exploitation of the so-called zakups on arable lands (ролейные (пашенные) закупы, roleyniye (pashenniye) zakupy) and corvée smerds (Russian term for corvée is барщина, barschina) was the closest to what is now known as serfdom.

- Serfdom in Russia

In the context of the history of Russia, the term corvée is also sometimes used to translate the terms barshchina (барщина) or boyarshchina (боярщина), which refer to the obligatory work that the Russian serfs performed for the pomeshchik (Russian landed nobility) on the pomeshchik's land.

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