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Unformatted text preview: c. Autocracy i. Very different from europes ii. Had territory but had no space iii. Invaded frequently by neighbors iv. Scarce resources for immense tasks v. Headed by the tsar vi. Impossible to go to authority about mal practice vii. Ministers competed with each other viii. Could only recommend; tsars could do whatever they wanted ix. Two police; civilian and political 1. political police – make sure no political groups except those liking the tsar; made political life horrible x. strict hierarchy xi. laws didn’t do what all laws do d. serfdom i. grew out of need to control population ii. by 17 th century much worse than European iii. forced to do anything – marry, kids, etc. iv. had to pay taxes v. poverty ridden and authoritarian III. Problems a. Russias elite had less in common with the mass than the rest of the world b. Competed with western powers c. Searched for solutions d. Finally made changes...
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- Fall '07
- Russian Empire, Eurasian Colossus i., Old Russia I., big turning points, life horrible x.