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Russian Empire Alexander II



  				    					
				    				
						        	

						        	
			
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Alexander II,Russian in fullAleksandr Nikolayevich(bornApril 29 [April 17, Old Style], 1818,Moscow,Russia—diedMarch 13 [March 1], 1881,St. Petersburg),emperorof Russia (1855–81). His liberal education and distress at the outcome of theCrimean War, which had demonstrated Russia’s backwardness, inspired him toward a great program of domestic reforms, the most important being the emancipation (1861) of the serfs. A period of repression after 1866 led to a resurgence of revolutionary terrorism and to Alexander’s own assassination.

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