Well said! Decadent systems begin to collapse long before the dramatic "revolutionary events" that fill the history texts. The tsars' chance to reform and modernize was 200 years ago. After Tsar Alexander II (died c. 1885) such reform was less and less likely, and even then it was a long shot. Curious, one great old history professor I had put this question on a test: "Imagine you are Tsar Nicholas I (1840s). What reforms do you enact to prevent the 1917 revolution?'