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Russia ­ Overview Timeline
1855

Crimean War (1854 ­ 1856)
Tsar Nicholas I died.
Alexander II began social and political reform.
1 of Europe's 5 great powers (20% of world's land surface).
80% population were serfs.

1861

Alexander II issued the Imperial Ukase (emancipated serfs) and political reforms (elective local…

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` Great Purges' terror campaign.
Secret police imprison and kill millions.

1941 ­ 1945

Defeat Nazi Germany in `Great Patriotic War of the Soviet Union' ­ economic power.

1945

One of 2 world superpowers.

1949

First nuclear weapon exploded.

1956

Kruschev denounced Stalin in 20th Congress of the Communist Party…

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