The conference which took place on September 15-16, 2015 at SPbIH of the RAS aimed to determine the role of the reformatory efforts of the power and society of the first quarter of the 19th century for the historic development of Russia. The main feature of this event was its originality as the first scientific forum in post-Soviet Russia especially dedicated to the reign of Alexander I.
This conference for the first time made it possible to gather the leading Russian specialists in order to discuss different issues concerning this period paying special attention to the peculiarities of modernization of the Russian empire in the first quarter of the 19th century and to the study of the reforms. This event has become a continuation of series of scientific forums on the history of the Russian reformative tradition that took place a.o. in Saint Petersburg in 2000, 2003 and 2006.