Modern World History
Like my board World History, this is my method of taking notes while watching the online videos for a Coursera.org course. This one is called The Modern World…
Alexander II and Abraham Lincoln both presided over their countries' bloody wars: the Crimean War and the US Civil War. Here they are both portrayed as oppressors in league with each other. Follow the link for more detail on the relationship between the US and the rest of the world during the Civil War.
Russian Tsar Alexander II (left) emancipated the Russian serfs and President Abraham Lincoln (right) emancipated the slaves during the 1860s. Of course, both of these stories are more complicated, and true emancipation took much longer. Nonetheless, the impulse toward liberty (liberalism) was at its height in this latter part of the 1800s.