Emperor Nicholas II and the State Duma

Kulikov, Sergei V.
March 2012
Russian Studies in History;Spring2012, Vol. 50 Issue 4, p44
Academic Journal
In contrast to the traditional view among historians that Nicholas II implacably opposed the idea of popular representation, Kulikov reveals that Russia's last emperor in general favored the introduction of a national, publicly elected legislature. Conservative-liberal in his views, Nicholas feared that restrictions on tsarist power would provoke mob violence. Hence he promoted reform in private while defending autocracy in public.


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