The reign of Alexander III (1881-1894) showed the Tsarist system of government with little modification. Alexander III was a conservative who believed in autocratic power of the Tsar. He openly stated his belief in the "power and right of autocratic government". During his reign, Tsarist tyranny reached its high-water mark. The autocratic policy and reforms brought about much discontent in the country with no modernisation what so ever, his main focus on maintaining autocratic rule. His policy and reforms included the strict supervision of the universities, the suppression of liberal newspapers, religious and racial persecution, and the repression of revolutionaries meaning that little change could take place. In spite of Witte becoming finance minister towards the end of his reign the industrial revolution in Russia far from modernised it. The workers suffered appallingly with poor working conditions, therefore it made them very discontented, and were easily converted to socialism. The growth of extremist middle class and the discontented peasants which became more and more inclined to the preaching of the intellectuals for rebellion. With his repressive policies and actions, and lack of modernisation he ultimately paved his own way to the grave of his own regime
Reign of Alexander III 1881-1894 “Nationalism,Orthodoxy and Autocracy” Political policies
•had watched his father die in a St Petersburg Palace.
•As a result of the assassination would not consider granting a parliament. •tightened censorship of the press and sent thousands of revolutionaries to Siberia. •"full faith in the justice and strength of the autocracy" that he had been entrusted with. •Any liberal proposals in government were quickly dismissed. •Judges and officials who were sympathetic to Liberal ideas were removed from office. •His political ideal was a nation containing only one nationality, one language, one religion and one form Repression
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