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Unformatted text preview: a roaring drunk , though a shrewd and cautious ruler and a good diplomat) and his son Nicholas II a weak and indecisive ruler, who constantly varied his policy and was basically a Tsar Focus Group reversed many of these reforms. This resulted in an impoverished country. Well, the economy was booming, but the political climate was stifling, the wealth distribution unbelievably skewed and the intellectual classes widely believed the country to be a basket case which caused them to adopt a "the worse the better" attitude, and dive into the revolutionary ideas. A massive revolt followed, culminating in the overthrow of the Tsar and the Red October . And the rest is the matter of another article . It was an absolute monarchy (between the 17th century and 1905), ruled by a Tsar or a Tsarina until the Russian Empire and an Emperor after that, but the latter was still usually called the Tsar....
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