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Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Kristina Suslova
The Representation of Russian Cities for Government Members on the Example of the Trip of Alexander II on Russia
History
(Bachelor’s programme)
2018
This diploma research is devoted to the process of preparation and the specifics of the travel of the heir Alexander Nikolaevich in Russia in 1837. Alexander, at the behest of his parent, Emperor Nicholas I, being the heir of the crown Prince, his first extensive trip through the Russian Empire, which covered a huge area from Smolensk in the West to Western Siberia in the East and Elisavetgrad in the South and included a visit to 29 provinces of the European part, the Caucasus and Western Siberia.

Accompanying the entourage of Alexander Nikolayevich during the trip, except Zhukovsky, were: A. A. Kavelin — tutor, S. A. Yur'evich — assistant educator, V. I. Nazimov — instructor for the military, K. I. Arsenyev — the teacher of Russian history and statistics, I. V. Anohin — court physician, the young comrades of the future Emperor: his classmates count wielhorsky, I. M. and A. V. Patkul, and A. V. Adlerberg. The journey through Russia lasted almost six months, from may 2 to December 1837 and covered two important functions: educational and symbolic. The implementation of these functions became real only after careful preparation for the expedition. That is why Emperor Nicholas I made every effort to create a route of travel, writing instructions for the group that accompanied the crown Prince, and personal instructions to Alexander. The preparation of the trip played a crucial role in the implementation of the symbolic function of legitimizing the power and acquaintance of the future Emperor with citizens.

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