Once upon a time there was man named Dwight, he was a Russian peasant worker in 1852. He worked as an agricultural laborer bound under the feudal system to work on his lord's estate. He hated it with quite a passion.
Boy, I wish I wasn't a serf, I have virtually no rights. I am basically a slave.
In 1856, the Russians were badly defeated in the Crimean war. Russia was incredibly weakened, and this caused massive opportunity for peasant uprising. To ensure this didn't happen, leader Tsar Alexander II abolished serfdom in 1861. Dwight could finally follow his passions, beet farming!
Woohoo! I'm no longer a slave to serfdom! I'm legally a citizen and can buy half the land I cultivate...if I find the money. Here I come beets!!
Following the War, Russian leaders got a rude awakening, and realized they were extremely behind in industrialization. They decided to make many reforms in order to modernize Russia. So, they made a new institution of local government, called the Zemstvo. Dwight would finally have a voice.
Hello locals, we are comprised of townspeople, peasant villagers, and noble landowners. Our purpose is to resolve local issues.
For a while, modernization and industrialization was on a great path, charging forward. Many new innovations were introduced to Russia, such as railroads. Dwight knew this could help him start up his company!
I didn't like the Tsar's stance against Nationalism, but how are we going to industrialize without him?!
The new leader of Russia, Tsar Alexander III was a reactionary and was assassinated in 1894. Nevertheless, Russia started industrializing once again from 1890-1900, thanks to finance minister Sergei Witte. A minor hiccup, but Dwight just might get the money to pursue his dreams.
Dwight still couldn't get the money and blamed it on Tsar Nicholas II, so he decided to hold a peaceful protest in St. Petersburg. Little did he know, it'd soon turn into a battlefield. The Russian army relentlessly killed the protestors. This was later called The Bloody Sunday massacre. This resulted in the Revolution of 1905, in which the absolutist tsarist rule was overturned and Russia was made into a constitutional monarchy.