Alexander I


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History Today
Vol. 11, no. 5 (May 1961), p. 301-308


In Napoleon's caustic phrase "the Talma of the North," according to Chateaubriand "a strong soul and a feeble character," styled by Pushkin "the Sphinx who took his riddle with him to the grave," Alexander began his life as a liberal visionary and ended it as an impassioned champion of the autocratic principle