The law was supposed to help the tax revenue for Russia by banning the allowance of noble families to divide their land and wealth among multiple children.
The Law of Single Inheritance was clarified in the decree of 1725.
It sought to address the question of married daughter’ inheritance rights.
Women of eighteenth-century Russia were luckier than their European counterparts in some ways; in others, the life of a Russian woman was more difficult.
The eighteenth-century was a time of social and legal changes that began to affect women in a way that they had never before experienced.
Daughters in well-to-do families were raised in the terem, which was usually a separate building connected to the house by an outside passageway.
The terem was used to isolate girls of marriageable age and was intended to keep them "pure" (sexually inexperienced).
Peter the Great ruled Russia from 1682–1725 and in that time brought about many changes to Russian culture, altering the orthodox traditions that had been observed since the fall of the Byzantine Empire.
The three major social classes present during these reforms experienced changes in varying degrees according to their proximity to the tsar and urban settings where reforms could be more strictly enforced.
For the lower classes it was not until the end of the eighteenth-century (during the time of Catherine the Great’s reign) that they began to see any changes at all.
When these reforms did begin to change women’s lives legally, they also helped to expand their abilities socially.
For most of the 20th century, the history of Russia is essentially that of the Soviet Union.