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Did the reforms of Alexander the second qualify him as the Tsar Liberator.

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Did the reforms of Alexander the second qualify him as the Tsar Liberator Alexander the second came to power during the Crimean war, which Russia was badly defeated in. The Crimean War made Alexander aware of the faults in the social and government systems of Russia. Alexander knew that there would have to be change in the social and political systems in order to maintain stability and to achieve his aim of a strong Russian state. In order to achieve this, Alexander started his reforms. The first reform Alexander made was the emancipation of the serfs in 1861.After the Crimean War in which Russia was defeated in, Alexander noticed that the Russian peasantry was a crucial factor in Russia's weakness. ...read more.

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There can be no doubt that Alexander bore direct responsibility for the great reforms that occurred in Russia during his reign. Alexander made the reforms because he wanted to make Russia in a more powerful country like the European countries. So in order for Russia to become as powerful as it's European counterparts Russia had to be like them. Alexander started by emancipating the serfs. He restored the Catholic Church and freeing prisoners. Alexander set up the elected councils to educate the Russian people. This shows that Alexander wanted to really wanted change. All the previous Tsars didn't or did not want to change the way Russia was even though they had to change Russian society. ...read more.

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The peasants now had to pay for the land and many peasants felt they could had being given the land for free. It is also said that Alexander made his reforms because he feared a revolts and revolutions. Because of these reasons Alexander might not have deserved to called The Tsar Liberator. I think Alexander the reforms of Alexander the second qualifies him as The Tsar Liberator because Alexander was called upon to execute one of the hardest tasks that can confront an autocratic ruler. Alexander had to completely remodel the whole Russian state, he abolished the slavery system and he replaced it with civil decency and freedom. No matter what bad things the historians say about Alexander's reforms, what Alexander the second did was still liberation. ...read more.

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