In the 19th century, Tsarist Russia was in need of various significant reforms and changes. Westernizers and Slavophiles had varied points of view about how Russia should be governed and what to be done with the crumbling country. Slavophiles believed in conserving traditional Russian autocracy and Russian culture and tradition, while Westernizers sought to modernize and adopt western beliefs and systems. These two viewpoints can be generalized into two main categories; liberal and conservative. From the years 1855-1881, Alexander II led the autocracy. He was known to by many as the “great reformer”, because he emancipated the serfs and put in place many other radical reforms. After the assassination of Alexander II, his son, Alexander III, took control of Russia. Despite of his father’s reputation of being liberal, Alexander III was very strict and conservative when it came to many reforms and how to run Russia 's autocracy. However, regardless of Alexander II’s apparently liberal views and actions; he, to some extent, was just as conservative as his son.
In 1861 the emancipation edict was instilled in tsarist Russia, this helped free the serfs from the control of their landowners. Emancipation is radically liberal in itself, but in this case it was only radical in notion, not action. There was little to no real support of the serfs from the Tsar, but Alexander II recently lost a war and the country under his control was quickly falling apart. Something had to be done and something rather big. Alexander II freed the serfs, although, they were technically not even legally freed from their landowners. Each serf had two additional years to fulfil their duties and then had to pay the land off. Despite the apparent effort t...
... middle of paper ...
...provided a lot of change to the education system, he refused history be taught in any schools. History education was a threat to the preservation of Russian culture, it provided far too much information that the Tsar did not want the public to have. This would likely enhance the formation of opposition.
Despite Alexander II’s liberal exterior, like his son, he is conservative at heart. Many of Alexander II’s liberal reforms were to minimize opposition and reconstruct the tsarist government that was quickly falling apart. Alexander II was able to put aside his conservative roots to patch the wounds of his country. His conservativeness influenced his actions but his liberal actions were for the best. Alexander II compared to Alexander II was liberal to only some extent, because he considered all points of views but kept his policies conservative in their own way.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Greetings, and thank you all for being able to attend. Lets start out today by asking whom among us have yet to reach the age of 32. Among those raising your hand, has anyone lead a military campaign for over a decade and ruled over an empire. I myself personally have not, so don 't feel too discouraged, nevertheless, the reason behind my question was that Alexander III of Macedon or who is more commonly known as Alexander the Great, did just that back in 334 BCE. His ambitious drive to rule in the largest empire took shape at a young age and he continued his conquest up till the day he passed away.... [tags: Alexander the Great, Achaemenid Empire, Greeks]
793 words (2.3 pages)
- Alexander III of Macedonia is known as the most successful military leader and conqueror, undefeated in the field of battle. He is known as Alexander the Great, and he achieved his military success before the age of thirty. Alexander the Great, according to the biographer Arrian, “would not have been born without the intervention of the gods” and goes on to say that his life “surpasses the merely human.” Alexander, according to early historians, achieved success because of his superior intellect, creativity, and inhuman military strength and courage.... [tags: Alezander the Great, Military Leader, Conqueror]
1183 words (3.4 pages)
- “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.” (Alexander The Great) The legacy of Alexander the great is a legacy that can be felt and enjoyed by many generations and cultures from all parts of the world. The legacy of Alexander starts with his father King Philip II of Macedon Philip ruled Macedon from 359BC until 336BC. Philip took control of the country when it was virtually on the brink of collapse Philip’s brother had just been murdered in a bloody battle that saw 4,000 Macedonians whipped out.... [tags: Alexander the Great, Macedonia]
1449 words (4.1 pages)
- ALEXANDER 1 The Rise and Fall of Alexander the Great Terry L Byrd History 1150 World Civilizations ALEXANDER 2 Alexander the Great Alexander is considered by many to be one of the greatest military figures of the ancient world. He was destined for greatness at an early age by his parents in which his father Philip II the wanted to unite all of Greece’s city states as one Greece. This was also prevalent by his education by the great Aristotle.... [tags: Alexander the Great, Philip II of Macedon]
1896 words (5.4 pages)
- Alexander the Great was known as one of the greatest commanders ever. He was ruthless, and his only desire was to become a powerful warrior. He accomplished many things during his time as king. He conquered the Persians, spread Greek Culture, mixed other cultures, and reestablished the Corinthian League. Alexander the Great left behind an incredible legacy, and is still remembered to this day. Alexander the Great was born in Pella, Macedonia on July 20, 356 B.C. He was the son of King Philip II of Macedon and Queen Olympia, daughter of King Neoptolemus.... [tags: Alexander the Great, Philip II of Macedon]
1685 words (4.8 pages)
- Justin Broussard Sonja Miguez English IV 4th Hour April 3, 2016 Alexander the Great Alexander the Great was born Alexander III of Macedon in a tomb in Macedonian on July 20, 356 B.C (Walbank, 1). He was a blonde with curly hair and dark eyes. His father was King Phillip II and his mother was Queen Olympia, one of King Phillip’s seven wives. Alexander did not have any full siblings, but his father had many other children with his other wives. King Phillip dealt with a lot of military campaigns when Alexander was growing up, so he never really saw his father.... [tags: Alexander the Great, Philip II of Macedon]
1519 words (4.3 pages)
- Timeline of Alexander the Great 356 B.C. - 339 B.C. Born on July 20, 356 B.C. in Pella Macedonia, Alexander the Great, Conqueror of the Persian Empire and King of Macedonia, is one of the most famous men in history and is believed to be one of the ultimate military prodigies of all times (History of Macedonia, 2013). Alexander was the son to King Phillip II of Macedonia, Queen Olympus, and brother to Cleopatra . Alexander seldom saw his father growing up as he was heavily involved in long military crusades.... [tags: Alexander the Great, Philip II of Macedon]
1280 words (3.7 pages)
- Few historical figures stand out in the same degree as that of Alexander the Great. He was a warrior by 16, a commander at age 18, and was crowned King of Macedon by the time he was 20 years old. He did things in his lifetime that others could only dream about. Alexander single-handedly changed the nature of the ancient world in just over a decade. There were many attributes that made Alexander “Great.” He was a brilliant strategist and an inspired leader; he led by example and was a conqueror at heart.... [tags: World History Biography Alexander Great]
1624 words (4.6 pages)
- Alexander the Great On July twentieth, 356 B.C. Alexander the Great was born. His Father was Philip, the King of Macedonia. His mother was Olympia, daughter of the late King Epirus. Alexander was quite mature for his age. At 13 he started learning from Aristotle, he was trained with other children. It was at this time that he met Hephastion, his future best Friend. Aristotle gave Alexander training in rhetoric and literature and sparked his Interest in science, medicine, and philosophy, all which became important later In his life.... [tags: Alexander Great Biography History]
708 words (2 pages)
- Alexander the Great Alexander accomplished greater deeds than, not only of the kings who had lived before him but also of those who were to come later down to our time .Alexander the Great was born at Pella Macedonia in 356 B.C.E. He spent his childhood years watching his father transforming Macedonia into a great military power. His Father was King Phillip and his mother was Olympias. His mother was the princes of neighboring Epirus. She was a deeply spiritual who taught her son about his ancestors such as Achilles and Hercules.... [tags: History Biography Alexander Great]
1011 words (2.9 pages)