Corps of Pages

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Corps of Pages


(Pazheskii Korpus), a military educational institution for the privileged in prerevolutionary Russia. Its purpose was to prepare the children of the higher dvorianstvo (nobility or gentry) aristocracy for military and state service.

The Corps of Pages was founded in 1759 in St. Petersburg as an institution for the education and training of pages and chamber pages. In 1802, because of the need to train qualified officers for the guards units, it was reorganized into a type of cadet corps, in which only pages of the tsar’s court were accepted. During the military educational reforms of the 1860’s, it was divided into seven classes. The five junior classes were of the military Gymnasium type. The two senior classes were similar to a military school. In 1885, seven general classes were introduced, in which subjects from the curriculum of the cadet corps were studied, as well as two special classes for the military and juridical sciences.

Graduates of the Corps of Pages enjoyed mainly the privilege of service in the guards and special forces and were given the rank of second lieutenant, or cornet in the cavalry. Those unfit for military service were granted the civilian ranks of the tenth, 12th, and 14th classes.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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His father he scarcely remembered, and he had been educated in the Corps of Pages.
Petersburg Corps of Pages and in Leipzig, Ger., where he studied law.
Born on August 19, 1853, and educated in the Corps of Pages; began his military career as a cavalry officer in the Caucasus, and distinguished himself by his bold and daring tactics during the Russo-Turkish War (April 1877-March 1878); commanded the Eighth Army with distinction in Galicia in the opening campaigns of World War I on the Eastern front (August-September 1914); defeated Austrian attempt to relieve their beleaguered fortress of Przemysl (March-April 1915); guarded the left flank of the gap created by the Gorlice-Tarnow breakthrough (May), and covered the retreat of the shattered Third Army (May-August); succeeded Gen.

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