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How Significant was the role played by Tsarina Alexandra in the fall of Tsarism?

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´╗┐Alka Sharma Unit 4 Mrs Fahey How Significant was the role played by Tsarina Alexandra in the fall of Tsarism? March 13th 1917 denotes the day on which Tsar Nicholas II was recommended to abdicate the throne by the Russian Army High Command. Following the recommendation, which Tsar Nicholas II had received, March 15th 1917 he formally declared an abandonment of the throne, which therefore placed an end on the 300-year-old Romanov dynasty. There are many causes, which contributed towards the downfall of Tsarism; one of the many causes being the Tsar?s wife, Tsarina Alexandra who ruined the ruined reputation of the monarchy whilst Nicholas was away at the Frontline during World War One. With the Tsarina having to take control of Russia, and the way in which it was governed was difficult especially as the Russian population did not want to conform to her ruling. The Tsarina herself was not considered to be very popular; her origins of being German angered the Russian population, especially due to the war period, so there was an anti German feeling that was created. ...read more.


is why I believe that this is a reliable source which reflects a realistic view of views towards the Tsarina during the absence of Tsar Nicholas II, and provide an insight to her true German feelings. ?Throughout Russia, both at the front and at home, rumour grew ever louder concerning the pernicious influence exercise by the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, who whose side rose the sinister figure of Gregory Rasputin. This charlatan and hypnotist had wormed himself into the Tsar?s palace and gradually acquired a limitless power over the hysterical Empress and through her over the Sovereign.? [3] This is a source which was produced by Adriana Tyrkova in 1918, the year denoting the end of the first world war, and a year after the Tsarist regime had ended after 300 years. This source reflects the Tsarina as being a weak individual who had been heavily influenced by Rasputin, and thus allowing Rasputin to have measures put into place via the Tsarina, as she was in control of Russia during her husband?s absence. ...read more.


Whilst this source comments on the influences which were being made, this source implies the Tsarina in a sinister way, and can question as to whether the harmful effects which she caused throughout Russia were done on purpose due to her unpopularity. Furthermore this following source disfigures the way in which Rasputin was viewed, rather than having a ?holy man? image he is instead portrayed as a ?sinister? figure who had ?wormed himself into the Tsar?s palace? which views Rasputin again in a more unpleasant way. The weakness of the Tsarina, and the control which Rasputin had placed over her, which she then had over her husband can be reflected in [5]. This source is a Russian cartoon portraying Rasputin in 1916, Rasputin is seen as the large dominating figure, whilst the Tsar and the Tsarina who are portrayed as small figures are sitting on his lap, almost has if under his control. This source could highlight and reflect the weakness of both the Tsar and the Tsarina, that even though they ruled the country, someone instead had control over them. ________________ Page ...read more.

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