Alexander II's watershed and repression

Reasons why Alexander II became reactionary and the ways in which he enforced repression 

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  • Alexander II's Watershed
    • Reasons for change: 1866: Dimitrii Karakozov tries to shoot Alexander II but missed, This is significant because he was a member of the nobility and Alexander hadn't done enough to make his largest supporting group happy.
    • Reaction 1881
      • Education
        • Tighter control over subjects that spread liberal ideas.
      • Russification
        • amplified the reactionary policies towards ethnic minorities. The rebellion in Poland (1863) convinced the authorities ethnic minorities were a danger.
      • Police and law courts
        • The tsar strengthened the police and increased the activities of the third section, Those accused of starting political parties were executed, even those who fled were tracked down to face justice. show trials were created to make an example of criminals
          • "Trial of 193" - were set to be prosecuted but all received light sentences from a sympathetic jury
  • Tighter control over subjects that spread liberal ideas.
  • amplified the reactionary policies towards ethnic minorities. The rebellion in Poland (1863) convinced the authorities ethnic minorities were a danger.
  • The tsar strengthened the police and increased the activities of the third section, Those accused of starting political parties were executed, even those who fled were tracked down to face justice. show trials were created to make an example of criminals
    • "Trial of 193" - were set to be prosecuted but all received light sentences from a sympathetic jury

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