An Autocrat at the Crossroads

Stepanov, Valerii L.
March 2012
Russian Studies in History;Spring2012, Vol. 50 Issue 4, p7
Academic Journal
Contrary to long-held views, the liberal minister Nikolai Bunge, as well as the conservative Konstantin Pobedonostsev, influenced the developing political and philosophical convictions of Nicholas II. Nicholas's adherence to the contradictory worldviews of these two prominent advisers may explain his vacillations on important elements of national strategy during his reign.


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