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Czar Alexander II reigns on or Welcome to the Russian Republic

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  • Michael Edward Johnson
    Russian Czar Alexander II (1855-1881) was determined to improve Russia through a combination of industrialization and liberalism. He actually freed the serfs
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 1, 2003
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      Russian Czar Alexander II (1855-1881) was determined to improve
      Russia through a combination of industrialization and liberalism. He
      actually freed the serfs in 1861 and provided them with limited
      rights along with other reforms. As was the tragic case in the United
      States 4 years later, the freed serfs had no land and often were
      worse off than before freedom. There was also a Polish revolt for
      independence in 1863.Disatisfied Russian terrorists made 53
      assassination attempts and many additional attempts to overthrow the
      government. In 1881, they succeeded in killing Alexander II with a
      bomb attack on his carriage.He was planning to establish a Russian
      legislature which probably would have lead to a constitutional
      monarchy.His son and sucessor Alexander III(1881-1894),angered by his
      father's murder, did away with the plan and lead a harsh crack down
      on reform.His son Nicholas II (1894-1917) reaped the whirlwind.

      But What If

      What if Alexander II had lived and continued his reforms?Would Russia
      had developed into a stable democracy or would there still have been
      a Revolution ?How would this change have affected WWI and any
      potential WWII? Any and all ideas appreciated.
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