Friday, March 13, 2009

Why didn't liberalism take root in Russia between 1815 and 1917?

It was almost impossible for Russia to have any type of liberal movement because of the tsar and multiple communist movements taking place. The government was very extreme and most “liberal” movements or strikes were forced to be eliminated. Russia did at one point (I think that this was when Alexander I was tsar) seem to try and blend both autocracy and liberalism, but obviously this didn’t work as the Dumas were overpowered. The government just didn’t work for a liberal movement even though one tried to take place.

1 comment:

Hanjae Lee said...

In addition to Erica's opinion I think liberalism did not work because the people of Russia were not really into liberalism. Only the elites who were already secluded on their own were for liberalism, and both the tsar and the Russian people had their own reasons to be agaisnt or not care about liberalism.