Alexander the Second
By Cassidy Penkivech, Flynn Horwich, Anya Robertson
Alexander the Second's Backstory
The Emancipation of the Serfs
One of Alexander II’s major accomplishments during his reign as Czar was that he ended serfdom in Russia. Unlike American slaves, serfs weren’t seen as property. Because they lived on the landowner’s land, they were bound to that. The relationship between serf and landowner was solely based on land.
The feudal system in Europe was similar to serfdom. However, when the feudal system was removed from Europe, serfdom remained in Russia. This caused many problems in Russia because they were socially and economically behind other countries. The people of Russia began blaming all of Russia’s problems on serfdom. When Russia lost the Crimean War, Alexander II knew that in order to make reforms to Russia, serfdom had to be ended.