Did Alexander II deserve the title Tsar Liberator?
Taking control of autocratic Russia in 1855, Alexander II was the successor to his father Tsar Nicolas I having been trained his entire life to take on the role. During his reign as Tsar, Alexander passed many reforms all of which varied in political, social and economic stance. His most famous reform was deemed to be that of the emancipation of the Serfs, gaining him the title ‘Tsar Liberator’ as many believed that his effort to free those who had be bound by slavery, made him a hero. However some question whether he truly deserved this title as many reforms became reactional and many initially liberating reforms were revoked in order to ensure the security of the autocracy. As …show more content…
It is at this point that the rasion d’étre behind these reforms is questioned; on the surface they appear to be put in place with the intention of making government more transparent, however when each reform is analysed it is possible to see how they could be used in order to further control the Russian people and reduced the opposition against the autocracy.
The final category that the reforms fall into is economic, in this division; Alexander appears to be more liberal towards the people of Russia. Investments in rail, steel and the overall industrialisation of Russia started taking place and the Russian economy thrived on it, resulting in a new State Bank being established in 1866 to give the currency a steadier ground.