Ten fun facts about Alexander II
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He was also the King of Poland and the Grand Prince of Finland.
Alexander was the most successful Russian reformer since Peter the Great.
His most important achievement was the emancipation of serfs in 1861, for which he became known as Alexander the Liberator.
The tsar was responsible for numerous other reforms including reorganizing the judicial system, setting up elected local judges, abolishing capital punishment, promoting local self-government through the zemstvo system, imposing universal military service, ending some of the privileges of the nobility, and promoting the universities.Fact 5
In foreign policy, Alexander sold Alaska to the United States in 1867, fearing the remote colony would fall into British hands if there was another war.Fact 6
In 1872 he joined with Germany and Austria in the League of the Three Emperors that stabilized the European situation.Fact 7
Alexander II's death caused a great setback for the reform movement.Fact 8
A favourite dog of Alexander II was an Irish Setter named Milord.Fact 9
Alexander II appears prominently in the opening two chapters of Jules Verne's Michael Strogoff (published in 1876 during Alexander's own lifetime).Fact 10
The film The Magnificent Sinner depicts a highly fictionalized account of the Tsar's romance with the woman who became his second wife. Click here for more people facts ❯
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