Unformatted text preview: were also highly influential, mainly in peasant quarters where they were close to the Populists, but the rising industrial sphere as well. Alexander III (1881-1894) managed to either stabilize or improve situation in many respects, both in economy (support of domestic industry, Siberian railway construction begun) and military (unification and upgrades) spheres, so by the end of his rule internal conflicts somewhat cooled down (not that his customs policy pleased everyone , but it worked). Then he died and Nicholas II came to the throne. According to his diaries, Nicholas didn't really feel up to the task. He was a bit insecure, mistook his stubborness for resolve and he had been raised to believe that the autocracy was the best method of government (having trained as a soldier, he didn't have a lot of skill or experience as a statesman, which is why he was enthusiastic about the last part)....
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- Fall '10
- Nicholas II of Russia, Alexander II of Russia, Alexander III of Russia, Siberian railway construction, rule internal conflicts