- Jan 2007
He was a great one. I wonder if the Narodnaya Volya (People's Will) movement didn't have a sort of agenda which wanted Alexander II dead because they feared that a relatively enlightened Tsar would reduce the, uh, proletarian fervor.Alexander II - and against all odds (strong conservative, nay, reactionary forces in court) still emancipated the serfs. We might be able to argue motives here (personally I would cite his need to reform the military) but his general desire to improve the lot of his people through reforms was genuine enough. In so doing, he made himself a target from both the liberals and conservatives - that was the personal price he paid. Of course, there is always room for controversy ... if anyone's up for it!!
Full disclosure. We made a mistake. Alexander II used to read Nicholas II. All is well now.