Tsar Nicholas II Of Russia

1923 WordsNov 13, 20158 Pages
Tsar Nicholas II of Russia: An Emperor Unfit to Rule Ravaged Russia At the end of the nineteenth century, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia reluctantly took command of an empire overflowing with revolutionaries who were seeking change in response to hardships that their nation was facing. His timid personality, coupled with his lack of political education and military experience, made him unfit to calm the war-fueled chaos that would soon envelop Russia. Nicholas’ series of unfortunate, unprepared and uninformed decisions began with his marriage and eventually ended with his decision to abandon the capital to lead his armies, ultimately leading to the demise of his imperial family’s three-hundred-year dynastic tradition. The turn of the century illuminated Russia, commonly labeled as “backwards” by the other European powers, as the last remaining European autocracy. Russian society still operated on the estate system, which was characterized by an enormous gap between the upper class nobility and the lower class peasantry. Peasants comprised eighty percent of the population and only a fraction were educated. They had little understanding of government and were highly patriarchal. Many served as serfs. It was not until the 1860s that these serfs were freed from legal bondage by Nicholas’ grandfather, Alexander II. However, this was not enough to satisfy Russian citizens’ newfound taste of freedom. In the years following, they demanded he establish an elected parliament,
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