Alexander III, Tsar of Russia, 1881-1889

John Etty assesses the historical significance of one of the lesser known Tsars.

The reign of Alexander III will always be compared either with that of his ‘liberating’ father, Alexander II, or of his ill-fated son, Nicholas II. While it is easy to see Alexander III as the repressive antithesis of his father, or the strong autocrat his son wished he could be, it is important to assess Alexander III’s significance in his own right.

Alexander and the Romanovs

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