Russia before Stalin 1

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The collapse of Tsarism

  • Tsars simply ignored, exiled or executed radicals who called for reform
  • 1905, a year of revolution revealed the vunerability of the Tsars position
  • End of year, Tsar Nicholas II forced to concede
  • Promised limited civil rights and an elected Parliamnet (the Duma)
  • New laws soon reasserted the Tsars supreme power
  • 1914, Tsarism seemed secure
  • The outbreak of WW1 rallied Russia's people behind their Tsar for a short while

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