The Czar of Russia

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  • Nicholas II inherited the Russian throne when his father died of kidney disease at the age of 49 on October 20, 1894.
  • At the beginning of World War I, Russia’s armies performed poorly. In response, Nicholas II appointed himself commander-in-chief, so he could take direct control of the military from Grand Duke Nicholas, against the advice of his ministers
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  • Nicholas II was a harsh and weak ruler The Russian economy was bankrupt because of the Russo-Japanese War and WWI Russia’s entry into WWI became very unpopular.
  • Despite all that was happening, Nicholas II managed to marry Princess Alix of Hesse-Darmstadt within a month of Alexander III’s passing.
  • Nicholas II received his education through a string of private tutors, including a high-ranking government official named Konstantin Pobedonostsev.
  • The main objective of Nicholas II’s foreign policy during his early reign was to maintain the status quo in Europe, rather than to conquer new territory.
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