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I shall maintain the principle of autocracy just asfirmly and unflinchingly as it was preserved by my unforgettable deadfather Nicholas II In spite of the Czars decrees and declarations Russia by the beginning of the 20th century was overripe for revolution This statement is supported by political and socioeconomic conditions in late monarchial Russia Nicholas II was the Czar of Russia from 1896-1917 and his rulewas the brute of political disarray An autocrat Nicholas II had continued the divine-right monarchy held by the Romanovs for many generations Since the day Russia appointed Nicholas II as Emperor many problems arose with the people Traditionally at coronations the Emperor would leave presents for the peasants outside Moscow The people rapidly rushed to grab the gifts and trampled thousands in the bedlam As an autocrat no other monarch in Europe claimed such large powers or stood so high above his subjects as Nicholas II Autocracy was traditionally impatient and short-tempered Nicholas II wielded his power through his bureaucracy which consisted of the most knowledgeable and skilled members of Russian high society Like the Czar the bureaucracy or chinovniki stood above the people and was always in danger of being poisoned by their own power When Sergei Witte was appointed as Russias Minister of Finance from 1892 to 1903 he attempted to solve Russias riddle of backwardness in its governmental system Trotsky He was considered more of a forerunner of Stalin rather than a contemporary of Nicholas II In 1900 Witte wrote a memorandum to Nicholas II underscoring the necessity of industrialization in Russia After the government implemented Wittes plan Russia had an industrial upsurge All of Russia however shared a deep-seated resentment of the sudden jump into an unpleasant way of life Witte realized that Nicholas II was not capable of carrying Russia to an industrial nation as a Great Power Nicholas II weakness were obvious to himself when he said I always give in and in the
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