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Alexander II chapter 1 Alexander II , meaning Alexander II , genre Alexander II , book cover Alexander II , flies Alexander II , Alexander II 30c78f7355174 Edvard Radzinsky Is Justly Famous As Both A Biographer And A Dramatist, And He Brings Both Skills To Bear In This Vivid, Page Turning, Rich Portrait Of One Of The Greatest Of All Romanovs Alexander II Was Russia S Lincoln He Freed The Serfs, Promised A New, Liberal State For Everyone, Yet Was Brought Down By A Determined Group Of Terrorist Anarchists Who Tried To Kill Him Six Times Before Finally, Fatefully, Succeeding His Story Proves The Timeless Lesson That In Russia, It Is Dangerous To Start Reforms, But Even Dangerous To Stop Them It Also Shows That The Traps And Dangers Encountered In Today S War On Terrorists Were There Years Ago


10 thoughts on “Alexander II

  1. says:

    I think Lytton Strachey must have been reincarnated as Edvard Radzinsky It s the same style of biography deliciously written, immediate, the facts of the subject s life synthesized and distilled into a highly engaging account, but also with its flaws of lacking rigor and relying too much on such imagined details as the quality of someone s stare or their thoughts, with a fair amount of conjecture in addition Strachey was a groundbreaker I have no sense of Radzinsky s place in Russian historiography, so perhaps he also invented the lightbulb, but this modern reader expects citations A great read and as I didn t know much beyond the bare bones of 19th century Russian history quite informative.


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    This fascinating biography covers a lot of ground, explaining the forces that shaped the character and fate of the liberator tsar whom Radzinsky often compares with Mikhael Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union This biography, which also includes a detailed history of mid 19th century Russia, covers the Romanov family starting with Peter the Great, the tsar s personal life, problems with political reform, the golden age of Russian literature, the populist Narodnik movement, the roots and influences of the late 19th century terrorist group, People s Will and profiles the many contemporaries who were close to the tsar or significant historical figures at the time Although Razinsky takes on a serious topics and covers a lot of detail gleaned from many sources, his writing is not dry at all Alexander s tutor, the poet Vasily Zhukovsky, sums up the problems of political reform and dealing with change Revolution is a fatal effort to leap from Monday right into Wednesday But the effort to leap from Monday back to Sunday is just as fatal.


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    I have heard people say things about the author of this book making stuff up and lying and bias, but I personally saw no evidence of such For me, this was a beautiful albeit violent, balanced and enthralling book, highly informative to anyone curious about the roots of the Russian revolution.


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    It s a peculiarity of the Russian monarchy that I can simultaneously be horrified by and feel sorry for them Radzinksy, writing after the fall of the Soviet Union, manages to balance the revolutionaries and the royal family so that we sympathize and condemn both sides at once, leaving us shaking our heads at the tragedy.Russia has had some of the most screwed up politics anywhere for pretty much most of its existence As Radzinsky points out repeatedly, in Imperial Russia, literally everyone is a slave to the Emperor It s still a lot better to be a rich, noble slave than a serf, though.It s clear that over the last few incredibly dysfunctional monarchs, Russia had become aware that they were riding a tiger Lording over serfs was a bad place to be, politically, but how to get off without getting eaten The best the Romanovs managed was to delay the perhaps inevitable But Alexander II tries He tries so hard at first And it goes so badly Letting a little freedom results in the murders of his officials by revolting students So he smashes down on them.Meanwhile, you can t help but sympathize with would be revolutionaries facing an incredibly corrupt, dehumanizing, horrific systems of repression But their conclusion that any amount of death and horror is justified in the name of revolutionhindsight only makes it even clear what the natural progression will be of setting aside morality So everyone does horrible things And it ends terribly for everyone Thus pushing off the revolution for two generations, so everyone can do even horrible things.


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    This book should have borne a different title as there is too much extraneous material for it to be a biography of Alexander II A solid third is devoted to the various revolutionaries terrorists of the time The author spends pages and pages discussing Dostoesvsky, Turgenev, and the other novelists of the day Now, some of that interested me, but most of it bored me Moreover, these subjects were not what I was looking for in a book called Alexander II The Last Great Tsar Indeed, the character of the tsar himself remained a mystery to me Certainly, nothing in the book would lead me to believe that Alexander deserves the appellation Great I would not recommend this book.


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    Detta r faktiskt en av de f rsta b ckerna som jag k pte p egen hand Det var nog 2006 2007 f r ett arbete i Historia B p gymnasiet Nu har jag l st den igen fr n p rm till p rm.Den r bra och inlevelsefullt, om n n got lindqvistigt skriven Och Alexander II r ju onekligen en v ldigt sp nnande person i en sp nnande tid i Rysslands historia Det r dock v ldigt mycket mer n bara Alexander II som avhandlas i den biografin, ibland till den grad att det inte k nns som en biografi Man f r aldrig riktigt grepp om Alexander Ingen tydligt insikt i hur han resonerade och vad han k nde Det h r dock snarare k ll get till n brister i boken Dock r passagerna d r Dostojevskij och flera av terroristerna avhandlas l nga och ing ende Ibland k nns det som man f r veta mer om dem n om tsaren de m rdade verlag en bra bok, om n n got l ng, som ven ger en bra f rklaring till varf r Ryssland utvecklade sig som det gjorde under andra halvan av 1800 talet fram till revolutionen 1917.


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    I found reading this book to be a strange experience It s packed full of informationbut it is related in a style I can only describe as story book It s it a cautionary tale An apologist guide to Russia A lament, or a statement of resigned indifference And if you re going to make comparisons to Gorbachev in the late 20th century, surely you should establish a thesis for such an approach from the outset A useful research tool, but one very odd read.


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    I couldn t get this to change the edition, but I read the Free Press hardback edition, if it really matters. I KNEW I was going to like this book as soon as I saw that it was by Edvard Radzinsky I read his The Last Tsar many years ago and found it informative, interesting, an easy read, and, in some ways, quite funny in a dark humor way.Radzinsky has no qualms against giving his opinion about the people and times he is writing about Unlike most historians, he doesn t try to maintain an objective view if a subjective one will do For example, speaking of the expectation of greater openness to Europe with the advent of Tsar Alexander II, he writes Glastnost and thaw would be key concepts, and they would be inherited by all later Russian perestroikas as would the rake, on which Russia always steps during reforms.Or this, concerning the a plot to kill Alexander And so they labored and sincerely made merry, listening to Sonechka s silvery laughter, before attempting to blow up a trainload of people.He also muses on the inexorable history of Russia I often wonder, What if What if which has no place in history but does in the human heart they had just once forgiven a repentant killer What if they had just once followed the parable of the prodigal son, which Dostoevsky had entreated his children to remember.Alexander II was the son of Nicholas I, who was a traditional Russian tsar unforgiving, totally in control, regal, with a belief that the tsar was above anything, anyone and everything Alexander was tutored by a famous Russian poet who taught him that Revolution is a fatal effort to leap from Monday right into Wednesday But the effort to leap from Monday back to Sunday is just as fatal Alexander tried hard to take his tutor s words to heart and make a gradual transition in Russia.He both succeeded spectacularly and failed just as strongly He freed the serfs but did not allow them to actually own or sell the land they lived on He ended censorship, but had to take a step backwards when it blew up into tremendous proportions At the end of his life, the actual day he was killed, he had signed the order to write a constitution and limit the autocracy of Russian rule.However, he didn t go far enough fast enough for the liberals, who began fomenting revolution to speed things up, and went TOO fast for the conservatives who wanted the old reign of Nicholas back where everybody knew his place and no one got out of hand or even thought about it.On the liberal side, this bred anarchists, the forerunners of the revolutionaries of 1917 On the conservative side, it provoked his son and heir into reverting back to the style of his grandfather, Nicholas Poor Alexander Radzinsky also spends much time dealing with the milieu of the times, especially the life and career of Dostoevsky, who, at the end of his life, lived right next door the adjoining apartment to the Guardian Angel, one of the highest terrorists in Russia Radzinsky suggests that possibly Dostoevsky knew and used his neighbor as a study for the novel he never wrote a sequel to The Brothers Karamasov He also suggests that the cause of the fatal burst aneurysm might have been the raid on the apartment causing Dostoevsky to attempt to hide papers and notes he had make for the novel which concerned terrorists.I now have a very good sense of the period of time preceding Alexander III, the father of the last Tsar, Nicholas II, and the reasons for the Revolution I also have a better idea of Russian history from the early 18th century on did you know that the second wife of Peter the Great, and the mother of the line of tsars leading straight down to Nicholas II was actually the daughter of a kitchen cook She also ruled in her own right as Catherine I The book is well worth the read You ll understand so much about the Russian character that actually sheds light on the current situation in Ukraine The Russian character is complex and may never settle into history easily, just as Alexander could never completely settle into his role as a liberal.


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