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Tsar Alexander II
The Great Emancipator

Alexander II's Rise to Power

On February 18th , 1855 Russian Emperor Nicholas I died following a brief illness.
Quote: "He had ruled Russia with a rod of iron for 30 years"
Before passing, Nicholas warned his son of the troubles Russia faced. Getting…

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Emancipation of the Serfs

Two years after the establishment of the committee on serfdom was established, they came up with a
plan on emancipation. The Emancipation Act of 1861 freed 52 million serfs, 45% of the Russian
population (for comparison, the US free d 4 million slaves two years later).…


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