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Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Henry J. Antikiewicz

Committee Members

Elwood D. Watson, Colin F. Baxter


Tsar Nicholas II was the last in a long line of Russian rulers. At the time of his death, he was the wealthiest individual in the world. The Russian revolution brought about the massacre of Nicholas and his entire family. Following the revolution, the new Soviet leaders developed a series of plans to revitalize what remained of the economy and of foreign relations. Lenin’s plans included reverting to some methods seen under Tsarist rule, while Stalin’s plans hinged on pumping much needed financial resources into military, infrastructure, industry and agriculture and expansion into new areas of natural resources, including Mongolia. Much of the needed money for Stalin’s plans came from the dismantling and selling of the possessions of the former imperial family. The Soviet Government effectively liquidated and used the Tsarist wealth in the the improved development of economic conditions and diplomatic relations.

Document Type

Thesis - restricted


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