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Russia from the Death of Nicholas I to the Abdication of Nicholas II, 1855–1917

Nicholas V. Riasanovsky

in Russian Identities

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780195156508
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199868230 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156508.003.0009
Russia from the Death of Nicholas I to the Abdication of Nicholas II, 1855–1917

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This chapter discusses the events that took place after the death of Nicholas I. It narrates that Nicholas I passed his throne to his son, Alexander II, and instructed him to liberate the serfs. It defines Nihilism as concentrated on the individual, whom it promised to liberate from all the prejudices hemming human existence. It mentions some new populist writers who became important and influential. It discusses that Alexander III's reign experienced increased pressure on non-Orthodox denominations and a growth of the policy of Russification. Alexander III was often been described as the first nationalist on the Russian throne. It explains that Nicholas II, Alexander III's eldest son, became the autocratic ruler of Russia after his father's death in 1894.

Keywords: Russification; Orthodoxy; Alexander II; Alexander III; Nicholas II; nationalism; Panslavism; nihilism

Chapter.  22733 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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