Nature of autocratic rule: autocracy

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  • Nature of autocratic rule: autocracy
    • Autocracy
      • Nicholas had total power.
      • Tsar assisted by cabinet, Senate and Sate Council.
        • These bodies were only advisory and now power independent of the Tsar.
    • Tsar and the law
      • Tsar's power not constrained by constitutional checks.
        • Tsar's power not limited by the law.
        • Russian people had no right to free speech or fair trial.
    • Consequences of Autocracy
      • Corruption
        • Widespread, because government officials claimed to be representatives of the Tsar.
          • Acted as if they had absolute power.
      • Limited growth to civil society
        • Outlawed trade unions and persecuted religious groups.
          • Consequently,did not contribute to the growth of civil society.
      • Tsar's isolation
        • Nicholas refused to recognise Russia's problems+ his advisers would not contradict him.
          • Nicholas had little understanding of poverty in Russia and corruption within government.

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