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At the beginning of the 1900s Russia was still being run by nobility while the peasants made up more than half of the population The Russian people didnt see much of the rest of the world outside of their commune way of life They were hard workers who farmed the land while struggling against the cold and hardships of their life Czar Alexander II hoping to bring Russia out of the dark ages signed the Emancipation Manifesto Which freed the serfs from ownership to the nobles The unwillingness of the people to change their way of life left them blinded to the ways of the outside world Scheer 73 By the late 1800s Nicholas II came into power Many officials petitioned to Nicholas that the people have a opportunity to express their concerns But despite all of the pressure Nicholas ignored their requests Nicholas remained popular with the public by keeping tight control on any printed material containing revolutionary ideas Nicholas was hoping to start a war with Japan His advisors at this time urged him to refrain from going to war with Japan But Nicholas replaced the most opposing advisor Witte with Pleve who believed a small victory would be good for the public It was no question that the Trans-Siberian railroad Russias only track would not be able to provide the needed supplies to the military Volkov 132 So the advisors eventually got Nicholas to see that the war would be a failure but Japan had been insulted enough when news of Japans attack on Russia was received Nicholas seemed to be unaware of the support he had from the Russian people His concern was that his advisors warned him that this war was costing him the throne The war was not going well Russian ships were sunk by Japanese torpedoes and the Japanese were winning the war News of the war finally reached Russia and the people were alarmed Witte was
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