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Ideologies
Autocracy
1855-March1917
Tsars had absolute power which was said to be ordained by God ­ In practice all
Russians had to obey the will of the Tsar or suffer punishment, including the wrath of
God
According to the historian J.N Westwood, there were 3 strands of Tsarist rule:
o…

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His aim was to uphold and preserve autocracy as did his father. Generally, opposition
to Nicholas' rule thrived and became more organised in the form of radicals (Social
Democratic Workers' Party-the SDs- and the Socialist Revolutionary Party- the SRs)
and the liberals (Kadets and Octobrists). The Bolsheviks, a division of…

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