Andrew Marr describes how serfdom was finally abolished in Russia in the 19th century. He uses Tolstoy’s efforts to free his serfs as a case study, and explores Tsar Alexander II’s failed attempt to fully emancipate the serfs. Teacher notes: Students could draft questions and possible responses to serfs and nobility to determine their points of view. Students could then debate in various roles the need for reform and the possible benefits of the abolition of serfdom. The issue of serfdom can be used to explore the main features of Russia under Alexander II. Students could list the features under different headings, such as: Politics, Society, Economy, etc. A discussion could follow focusing on the main obstacles to progress in Russia during this period, perhaps concluding with consideration of the inevitably of the Tsar's downfall.