Alexander II: The Tsar Who Needed Seven Lives

History

Morning Course

Sheila Seymour

10 February 2021

£33 includes lunch

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Description

Tsar Alexander II (reigned 1860-81) was a liberal reformer at the time of Tchaikovsky and Tolstoy. He introduced local councils, freedom of the Press, and freedom of expression in Russia’s universities. Most importantly, he liberated the serfs – several years before America freed its slaves. But his liberality was his undoing. Society began to unravel. A generation of young radical emerged, the forerunners of the Bolsheviks. No one could understand where they came from or how to deal with them. They wrecked Alexander’s health and life. He experienced at least seven assassination attempts, succumbing on the seventh. Tsar Alexander II was a liberal reformer at the time of Tchaikovsky and Tolstoy. Most importantly, he liberated the serfs – several years before America freed its slaves. But his liberality was his undoing. Society began to unravel. A generation of young radicals emerged, the forerunners of the Bolsheviks. No one could understand where they came from or how to deal with them. They wrecked Alexander’s health and life. He experienced at least seven assassination attempts, succumbing on the seventh.

Tutor information

Sheila Seymour:  After a career in IT, from 2004 I was a tutor to the First Year History students at Royal Holloway College, University of London. My role was to introduce them to new aspects of, and approaches to, history after years of following tightly structured curricula. It was a wonderful job – but demanding. It was not only the students whose love of history was stimulated, and I look forward to sharing my experiences.

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