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Compare the impact of Stolypin and Rasputin on the stability of the Tsar's government.

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Compare the impact of Stolypin and Rasputin on the stability of the Tsar's government Stolypin and Rasputin played a major role in maintaining Tsarism. Whilst Stolypin brought in major reforms to improve Russia, Rasputin did not have much impact, due to his lack of reforms. Political stability was ensured by Stolypin, whilst Rasputin brought instability. Stolypin made Russia politically stable through the execution of the Vyborg. This was when the Kadets and the Liberals tried to spark up a revolution by encouraging people to refrain from paying their taxes and avoid conscription. This therefore made Russia politically stable because it allowed the government to retaliate and allowed Stolypin to implement the Field Courts Martial Law which saw special courts being set up to charge terrorists. However, Rasputin brought instability due to his position as chief advisor to the Tsar. This brought instability because he dismissed the good ministers and replaced them with his friends, this is substantiated by Rodzyanko, president of the Duma, when he stated, ''There is not one honest man," this shows that Rasputin was an inadequate advisor and could not control state affairs well. ...read more.

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Rasputin preserved the Tsar's power through religion. The Tsar used Rasputin's simple faith and his religion to reach out to his people. Religion was popular amongst the Russian people; therefore, Rasputin used the Church as a means of control over them. This therefore meant that the Tsar had power and would not be threatened by uprisings, especially from the peasants because they were indoctrinated by the Church to support the Tsar. This is evident through the quote, "God commands us to love and obey..especially the Tsar." Both were significant in preserving the Tsar's power, but Rasputin was more important because he manipulated religion to favour his cause. The fact that many people were illiterate meant that they could only turn to religion and accordingly would obey the Tsar, due to his influence over the Church. Hence, this would lead to the increasing popularity of the Tsarist regime, because religion was a major part of Russian society. Legislation brought stability through Stolypin but instability through Rasputin. ...read more.

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However, Rasputin's background meant that his association with the aristocracy was not approved of. As a peasant, it was unusual to blend with the aristocracy, so he was not very popular due to this. Furthermore, many peasants disliked his position as the chief advisor because they felt he had betrayed them and because he associated with the aristocracy, so therefore Rasputin faced discontent from the different social classes in Russia, this is verified by several attempts made on his life. which would unavoidably discredit the Tsar's government. This lack of popularity would undoubtedly lead to instability in other areas, such as preserving the Tsar's power. Stolypin was more successful in stabilising the Tsar's government. This was because he implemented many reforms; his success can be supported by the British Ambassador in 1906, where he stated, "Public opinion is not as revolutionary as it was a year ago." It therefore showed Stolypin stabilised the Tsar's position through his reforms whereas, Rasputin did not do enough to ensure this. Kasam Kiani ...read more.

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