Describe Russia During 1881, After the Assassination of Alexander Ii, and Upon the Ascension of Alexander Iii.

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Describe Russia during 1881, after the assassination of Alexander II, and upon the ascension of Alexander III. Alexander II had overseen a period of change in the Russian Empire. The army and navy had been modernised after the embarrassing defeat in the Crimean war, the serfs had been emancipated and the empire continued to expand. On the day of his assassination, Alexander II had actually signed a document that would have brought in some form of democratic government. This period of reform was the inheritance of Alexander III, the progress of which he would attempt to reverse during his reign. Russia’s empire had become the largest continuous country the world had ever seen, stretching from Poland in the west, through to the Kamchatka peninsula in the East, and from Siberia in the north, to Azerbaijan in the south, covering more than half the world’s latitudes. The south of the country was covered in deserts and mountains, which opened up onto the Russian steppe further north. This region has Black soil, earth that is highly fertile, however it had not been overly exploited by Russia for use in agriculture. Further north still was the taiga, a vast expanse of coniferous forest in between the steppe and the tundra. The tundra was the furthest north geological region of the country, largely covered in permafrost, with very few plants, animals and people. In the south were also two important water bodies, the Caspian Sea, and the Black Sea. To the west lay the Baltic; the Arctic Ocean lay to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the east. The border between Europe was defined by the great Ural Mountains, which separated Europe from Siberia. Within these different regions lived many different peoples. As well as the Russians, the country was home to, amongst others, Ukrainians, Poles, Finns, Lapps, Uighurs, Mongols, Sibirs, Tartars, Georgians, Armenians,
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