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  1. Introduction
  2. About Alexander III
  3. The success and failure of Alexander III's rule
  4. Analysis
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Alexander III, seen by many as a reactionary Tzar, ruled Russia from 1881-1894. Alexander was opposed to the stance his father Alexander II had taken in his approach to ruling Russia. Therefore he sought to undo the majority of his father's reforms. When Alexander III was put into power his first order of business was the undoing of his father's reforms. As stated by Wolfson/Laver, ?It has been said of him [Alexander III] that he set to undo all that his father had done, carrying out a series of measures to reassert the authority of the aristocracy.?(Wolfson/Laver 62) He did, however, attempt to modernize Russia and introduce his Russification to unite the people of Russia. The first undoing of the reforms was the placement of the police force under the control of the Ministry of Interior; however serious political offences were still dealt with by the court and judges were advised on their verdicts and sentences. Elections for Court Justices and other administrative positions were abolished, instead Land Captains were chosen from the gentry and were given total authority in their local courts and were responsible for the collection of taxes. Prison conditions were made harsher and censorship was increased. Government ministers were given the power to ban publishers and editors for life should they have published a work that was against the approval of the government.

[...] The Success and Failure of Alexander III's Rule Alexander III, seen by many as a reactionary Tzar, ruled Russia from 18811894. Alexander was opposed to the stance his father Alexander II had taken in his approach to ruling Russia. Therefore he sought to undo the majority of his father's reforms. When Alexander III was put into power his first order of business was the undoing of his father's reforms. As stated by Wolfson/Laver, ?It has been said of him [Alexander III] that he set to undo all that his father had done, carrying out a series of measures to reassert the authority of the aristocracy.?(Wolfson/Laver 62) He did, however, attempt to modernize Russia and introduce his Russification to unite the people of Russia The first undoing of the reforms was the placement of the police force under the control of the Ministry of Interior; however serious political offences were still dealt with by the court and judges were advised on their verdicts and sentences. [...]


[...] The history of Russia is rich in revolts and opposition to the autocracy. Rarely has a Tzar received any opposition towards his policies. However Alexander III's dedication to not follow his father's footsteps was his ultimate downfall, as he met the same fate as his father and was assassinated in 1994. Works Cited 1. Lowe, Norman. Mastering Modern World History. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. Print. 2. Wolfson, Robert, and John Laver. Years of Change. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2004. Print. [...]

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