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
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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