The economic, social and political tensions that emerged in the late 19th century led to revolution in the 20th century. The Tsar was the absolute ruler of Russia.
Alternative names[ edit ] This system has also been described by the following terms: Imperial autocracy, [c] Russian autocracy, [d] Muscovite autocracy, [e] tsarist absolutism, [f] imperial absolutism, [g] Russian absolutism, [h] Muscovite absolutism, [i] Muscovite despotism, [j] [k] Russian despotism, [l] tsarist despotism [m] or imperial despotism.
Ivan III built upon Byzantine traditions and laid foundations for the tsarist autocracy, a system that with some variations would govern Russia for centuries.
During Michael's reign, when the Romanov dynasty was still weak, such assemblies were summoned annually. However, the Romanov dynasty consolidated absolute power in Russia during the reign of Peter the Greatwho reduced the power of the nobility and strengthened the central power of the tsar, establishing a bureaucratic civil service based on the Table of Ranks but theoretically open to all classes of the society, in place of the nobility-only mestnichestvo which Feodor III had abolished in at the request of the highest boyars.
This placated the powerful members of society; however, in fact, the real power rested with the state's bureaucracy. Alexander I established the State council as advisory legislative body. Although Alexander II established a system of elected local self-government Zemstvo and an independent judicial system, Russia did not have a national-level representative assembly Duma or a constitution until the Revolution.
Features[ edit ] The person of the tsar himself, a sovereign with absolute authority, stood at the center of the tsarist autocracy. The autocrat further entrusted power to persons and institutions, acting in his name, by his orders, and within the limits laid down for them by law.
The purpose of the system was to supposedly benefit the entire country of Russia. Furthermore, unlike in western monarchies subject in religious matters to the Popethe Russian Empire combined monarchy with the supreme authority on religious issues see Church reform of Peter I and caesaropapism for details.
Another key feature related to patrimonialism. In Russia the tsar owned a much higher proportion of the state lands, enterprises, etc. In White's opinion, autocracy is the defining factor in the history of Russian politics.
Petro and Martin Malia as cited by Hoffmann. For example, American Cold War analysts, including George Kennanlinked the Soviet government's autocratic rule to Tatar influences during its history, and biographies of Russian leaders often stressed their possible Asiatic ancestries. They maintained that Asiatic influences rendered the Russians, along with the Chineseuntrustworthy.
Regarding the substance of the autocracy model, its equation with despotism, its supposed origins in Mongol rule, as well as its supposed rise in medieval Muscovy have been heavily debated. For example, Sergey M.
Troitskii claimed that the Russian monarchs held sway of the nobility which was reduced to state service.
According to Troitskii, absolutism in Russia was the same as everywhere else. This led to a difficult position within Marxism, because absolutism revolves around institutions and laws, which were fundamentally less important than the socioeconomic base of society. In order to reconcile the non-socioeconomic nature of absolutism with Marxist theory, Soviet scholar Alexander N.
Similarly struggling with Marxist conceptions, Soviet historians Petr A.
Zaionchkovskii and his student Larisa G. Zakharova focused on the importance of political convictions of Russian officials and bureaucrats to explain nineteenth-century political decision-making.
By showing that the state was not a unified and powerful whole commanded by the economically dominant classthey likewise tackled common Marxist conceptions of Russian autocracy.
Coinciding with Western scholars like Robert Crummey, they lay bare the interdependence of monarch and nobility in the practice of rule. Edward Keenan went even further in his well-known piece on Muscovite political culture, claiming that the tsar was merely a puppet in the hands of boyars who wielded the actual power behind the scenes.
In his view, this can only be shown by the political narrative of events. Halperin cautioned against views that too easily claim tsar and state dominance in politics or society.Mar 10, · The auguries for war.
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The Tsar was the absolute ruler of Russia. He had all the political and social authority. The future of Russia rested on the Tsar's will. The Tsarist regime was supported by the structure of Russian society. The bureaucracy, military, judiciary and Orthodox Christian church reinforced the Tsar's rule.