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Was Rasputin to blame for the fall of the Romanov dynasty?

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HISTORY: EXTENDED RESPONSE Was Rasputin to blame for the fall of the Romanov dynasty? The Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, abdicated from power in 1917 bringing to an end the 300 year old Romanov dynasty. This essay will be looking at the reasons for his fall from power, how much Rasputin had influenced this and will ask was it Rasputin or did other factors bring the Romanovs down? Rasputin was born in a small Siberian village at around 1869. Even at a young age he earned himself such a reputation for devoted debauchery that his birth name was replaced with the surname of Rasputin, which is Russian for 'debauched one'. He began wondering, eventually ending up at St. Petersburg at around 1903 and met up with a leading Orthodox priest who introduced him to St. Petersburg's high society. He rather quickly established a reputation for his holiness but also for his insatiable sexual appetite. Within a matter of a few years he was introduced to the Tsar and Tsarina, Alexandra, who began to rely heavily on him to heal their sick son Alexei. ...read more.

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This act in itself created more conspirators to believe Rasputin's presence around the Imperial family was unhealthy, as it seemed Nicholas was covering matters up and it also backtracked on the promise of an end to censorship which was a key part of the October Manifesto. World War One broke out in 1914 and the Russian army had suffered many early casualties, 3,800,000 dead within the first ten months. Nicholas then decided to take control of military affairs and headed to the front. This action had left Alexandra and Rasputin to make the governmental decisions back at home. If the duma attacked Rasputin then it would be immediately suspended and even incompetent ministers kept their jobs because they sided with Alexandra and Rasputin. Angered by how Rasputin was seemingly controlling important decisions which should be left to experienced government figures, discontent in Russia was on the increase yet again. Even the staunchest supporters of Tsardom found it difficult to defend a system which allowed a nation in its greatest trial to fall under the sway of a debauched monk. ...read more.

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Equipment of every kind was in short supply and artillery was rationed to firing a limited number of shots a day. When Nicholas took control of military matters he effectively gambled the future of Tsardom on how Russia fared in the war. Alas, they did not fare well. This and the growing hostility towards Alexandra, whose interfering in matters of government and German nationality had caused great unrest, forced Nicholas' advisors to advise him to stand down as Tsar. In conclusion as to whether or not Rasputin was to blame for the fall of the Romanov dynasty it must be concluded that although Rasputin did have an influence in the increasing discontent felt by many Russians and their loss of faith in Nicholas' ability to rule, there were many other reasons for the downfall of the Romanovs. Among these were the fact Nicholas was not a strong leader to begin with; the disastrous Russo-Japanese war; the awful event of Bloody Sunday; the Tsarina's influence over him; his dreadful handling of World War One so that in the end he had no choice but to abdicate. Rasputin was another nail, but he was by no means the whole coffin. JUDE KENNEDY ...read more.

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