The Reign of Alexander I, 1801–1825

Nicholas V. Riasanovsky

in Russian Identities

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780195156508
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199868230 | DOI:
The Reign of Alexander I, 1801–1825

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This chapter describes Alexander I's reign as one that manifested the culmination of the Age of Reason, of the Enlightenment in Russia, inaugurated by Peter the Great and developed for a century. It adds that Alexander I seemed to represent the best of the Enlightenment: twenty-three years old, handsome, and brought up on the rhetoric of his grandmother Catherine the Great and the instructions of the prominent Swiss general, statesman, and philosophe Frederic-Cesar de LaHarpe. It discusses that the best results of this reform period were achieved in the field of education and culture. It adds that if the early years of Alexander I's reign indicated cultural promise, its ending saw the emergence of Pushkin and the commencement of what is generally known as the Golden Age of Russian literature. It also tells of the emperor's most remarkable assistant/prime minister, Michael Speransky's greatness.

Keywords: Alexander I; Age of Reason; Enlightenment; Frederic-Cesar de LaHarpe; Michael Speransky; Russian literature; Unofficial Committee

Chapter.  9477 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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