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Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alexandra - Slandered and Hated
« on: August 25, 2011, 07:24:21 PM »
Yes, I also see things the way Petr does, and blessOTMA I apologize if you think I was criticizing you.

Nicholas was torn between the commitment he made to war and his domestic duties.  I don't think Stavka was an obvious escape for the simple reason that he knew some estimate of the death toll, even if the numbers were low.  He was an honorable man, we know, and may have felt that his decision to send a young man into possible death in the trenches meant that he had to be near these decisions.

Alexandra was wrong to counsel him to take over the Command.  We all probably agree on that!

Bravo, Helen!  Excellent review!  I agree completely. If I suspend my disbelief, it is a fun romp of a read.  And the English is beautiful, isn't it?  I love the billowing shirt and chemise as they walk the lawns of Strelna down to the Sea.  (Now THERE'S a teaser!)

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Alexandra - Slandered and Hated
« on: August 24, 2011, 05:26:13 PM »
Tsarism is a form of government that functions  via  direct action.
But is it so obvious that 'reform' was the direct action of choice? We do have the advantage of looking backwards on events. Put yourself on that throne, see your grandfather's actions + death, your father's tenacious grip, know Russia's vastness and backwardness, and maybe reform isn't so clearly the way to go.

That Alexandra insisted upon an image of Alexei as autocrat is understandable, even with his hemophilia.  First you would have to make the hard (nearly impossible) transition to a constitutional state without losing the monarchy.  And then add in the War.  No, I can empathize with her situation.

My only criticism is that she allowed herself to slip too far into a mystical view of how life works.  But if I lived her life, I might have made the same choices.

I do think that Westerners make the continual mistake of seeing 'democratic reform' as the way to have avoided revolution in 1917.  But how many centuries did England have from Magna Carta to the Glorious Revolution, or the US from Magna Carta to 1776?

Hello AP Forum Folk,

Here is a link showing the New York State Bar Association's address to Nicholas thanking him for initiating the opening of the Hague.  I just recently read another book calling Nicholas' July 1914 plea to use The Hague for negotiations "weak."  So it is interesting that this prestigious US group of lawyers approved of the negotiation model to avoid armed conflict, at least in 1899.

The title is:
Address of congratulation and commendation of the New York State Bar Association to His Imperial Majesty, Nicholas II, Emperor of all the Russias, on the occasion of the Peace Congress at the Hague and recommending the creation of an international court

Shocking how much Alexander III looks than MF.  Is this post-Borki?

Yes, you're right don't watch it -- or buy into cable at all!  That was my choice.

As for regulating things (banks) we never should have repealed the Glass-Steagall Act provisions in 1999..but that's OT!!

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Her Accent
« on: July 29, 2011, 05:17:31 PM »
Yes, and perhaps shows their personality differences, too.  He had such a strong pull to Nature, perhaps writing about it was pleasurable to him.  I remember his commentary in (1915? letter to AF) about the behavior of 2 dogs out his window, one courting the other in a display of Springtime friskiness.

My memory of N&A's Yurovsky was that he was old, skinny and silently didn't know what he was thinking, which seemed sinister.

Oh Yes, you must start with the music!  Petipa only gave Tchaikovsky a few instructions, then waited for Tchaikovsky's score to be written before Petipa would choreograph a ballet!!

Someone needs to start cracking down on these channels to make sure they remain on their original mandate

But maybe that's not such a far-fetched idea!  How about returning to the American corporate charter system of the 19th century?  You have to have a stated purpose and stick to that stated purpose if you receive the benefits of being incorporated.  If you don't stay within your chartered purpose, the courts can shut you down. 

Bless OTMA, the music is perfect, too.  Round, full, rich, but not too dramatic.

This is so refreshing to know there are other people like me -- who holler at the TV.

I can't think of one documentary on the Romanovs that seemed accurate, let alone empathetic.

I remember a series ages ago that Peter Ustinov hosted.  He stood in an echoey room in the Winter Palace and said that Nicholas II had chosen it as an office specifically so that he (as a weak man) could speak loudly and intimidate anyone coming for an appointment. That's pretty funny knowing how modest the Tsar was. Ustinov also said in a loud voice that Rasputin was a "huge" man.

Isn't it interesting that both Alexander Galibin and Michael Jayston are relatively tall?  Maybe directors just can't force themselves to pick a shorter man to be King.  Or the facial requirements are more important.

Galibin's Nicholas doesn't have the degree of charm that the real Nicholas had, I think.  Even Kerensky had to admit Nicholas' undeniable charm.  Jayston's has more sparkle, but I hate, hate, hate the fact that the movie uses the character of Nicholas to teach all the viewers the backdrop of history.  His uncles lecture him about bullets going to Vladivostok, for instance.  Now tell me, who knew more about travel from Vladivostok, huh?  I get that it is the screenwriters' device to teach all of us, but it greatly reduces the dignity of the man.  And intelligence.

So I vote for Romanovy, tho' I agree with Greg King that it is propaganda.

Having Fun! / Re: Romanov Paper Doll Book
« on: July 26, 2011, 06:25:46 PM »
Oh! What a shock to see the Tsar in underwear!  (laughing!!)  :o

Selencia wrote: All around I feel Alexandra knew better while Marie Antoinette didn't know better and found out too late.

I don't know much about Marie A, but the blame concept doesn't work for me.  The Industrial Revolution happened in between the French and Russian Revolutions, and stopping the poverty and horrific working conditions was a mighty task.  Aren't we still working on some of those problems in the 21st century, even in the US?  Last week our local power plant operators were working in 125 degree conditions.

Alexandra's letters always strike me as having a 'blue' tone to them, even in 1894.  If she suffered from some depression all along, then she may have had a harder life than MA.  Also, the Russian royals were feeling the effects of assassination attempts (and 'successes') since 1881.  But I defer to those of you who know about Marie Antoinette!

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