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Aleksander III having ascended to the throne in 1881 left the Baltic special order non-confirmed and this marked the beginning of the period of russification in Estonia.

During the russification the Baltic German supreme power in Estonia ended, although the improvement of the legal situation of the Estonians and increase in self-awareness during the awakening period had even major impact next to the russification and also directly the fast growing number of Estonians, especially in the cities.

No considerable number of the Russians did not settle down in Estonia, although they still arrived to Estonia together with the railway construction and establishing of some major plants. The Russians did not become the local social or cultural elite which could be the reason why the russification had no fundamental results.

On the photo: The monument devoted to Aleksander III in Pullapää in Läänemaa where the emperor often stayed on a holiday at the end of XIX century.


Ilmar Talve. Eesti kultuurilugu. Keskaja algusest Eesti iseseisvuseni. Ilmamaa: Tartu 2004

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