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Re: Russian abdication
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In a fiction book I am writing, I am exploring the possibility that easing the conditions of the masses on a steady-but-fast-paced progress right from the time of Nicholas' ascension to the Throne might have saved the lives of the Romanovs, if not necessarily the monarchy itself.
he might have transitioned from autocrat to a constitutional monarch like his cousins George V, Christian X and Haakon VII.
One cannot ignore the nearly opposite realities of social conditions for the masses in Tsarist Russia as opposed to those in Britain and Scandinavia, where there was increasing economic mobility and large thriving middle classes.
No eleventh-hour superficial political concession on the part of Nicholas II was going to address the cauldron of misery and resentment among the masses that had been left to boil for a century or more.
I recommend reading Former People if one desires to understand the sheer intensity of pent-up forces that were mercilessly unleashed on the Tsarist privileged classes from 1917 through the Stalin Era.
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