The young Tsarevich Nicholas of Russia finds the idea of succeeding his father an absolute nightmare and spends most of his time trying to forget the matter by amusing himself with his friends and his mistress, the prima ballerina Mathilde Kschessinska. As the reaches the age of 26, his parents decide that he must marry and the Tsarevich reluctantly agrees to the idea only on condition that he can marry the German princess Alexandra of Hesse. Despite his parents' strong disapproval of Alexandra, Nicholas proceeds to propose to her at the wedding of her brother Ernest in Coburg. Meanwhile, in another part of Russia, Nadezhda Krupskaya meets Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, a man who would later become better known as Lenin, for the very first time.- Written by Anonymous
Under Tsar Alexander III, there has been little if any progress in Russia. He sees no value in investing in infrastructure like railways and certainly no value in building schools or medical services. The Tsar's son, Nicholas is now a man and his parents want him to marry. They would like him to choose a Russian princess from one of the many ducal houses but he has set his sights on his cousin Princess Alexandra of Germany. During a trip there to attend a family wedding, he asks her to marry him but she is somewhat hesitant. She eventually agrees after the urgings of Wilhelm II. Certainly their grandmother, Queen Victoria, approves of the match. In Russia meanwhile, Lenin begin to formulate his ideas of revolution.- Written by garykmcd
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