Tsarist Russia - Tsarist Russia Nicholas II(Nikolai...

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Tsarist Russia Nicholas II (Nikolai Alexandrovich Romanov), aka Nicholas The Martyr, Bloody Nicholas, Saint Nicholas The Passion Bearer and the cousin of George V. Last Emperor of Russia. Presided over Romanovs And Revolutions , was shot ( along with his family ) and was later made a saint by the Russian Orthodox Church in 2000, after the Soviet days were safely past. He continued the trend of Alexander III of reversing Alexander II's liberal reforms, and was first humiliated by Russia's defeat in the Russo-Japanese War. However, his execution by revolutionaries has most colored his legacy, especially when compared to the Soviet rule. Though he is often compared favorably in the West to the Soviets, his rule was definitely not free of oppression and it saw some of the worst pogroms (race riots) in Russian history. Arguably the personification of "Well Done, Son" Guy , having been given very little preparation for ruling the country and always cowed by his much stronger father. Russia was an autocratic state, which wasn't a nice thing if you disagreed with the government.
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