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Explain Rasputin's contribution to the collapse of Tsarism

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GCSE Coursework - Russian Revolution By James Windsor 10L Explain Rasputin's contribution to the collapse of Tsarism Nowadays Rasputin is quite often considered evil, but did he actually contribute to the collapse of Tsarism? Most people in our modern day society believe Rasputin was an evil person without knowing too many of the facts, or the story behind him and his background they see him as a drunken evil man, and he's often described as the mad monk when he was neither mad nor a monk however he built up a bad reputation to the modern day world Rasputin started life off as a peasant in the lowest cast, an untouchable and he used to take things from people to sell for drink. He was the lowest of the low and therefore it would have been hard to influence the tsar's decisions as he was of no importance he was just a peasant wasn't he?. But he was a spiritual man and spent hours a day in prayer he once said "The peasant is great in god's eyes", he left his family in search of enlightenment. ...read more.

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The doctors confirmed that the child would eventually die. This family was of course the tsar and his wife. The tsarina had heard about Rasputin and asked him if he could help, Rasputin prayed beside the boy and comforted the boy even Rasputin's enemies admitted he was doing more than any doctor could. Although today we know that it is probably not due to the fact he had healing powers but it was more psychological, in comforting the child it relieved his pain as the calmer you are the easier it is to get better. However to the people of the time it seemed like he was working miracles the importance of Rasputin to the tsar and tsarina was very large for this reason and would have given him some influence on them. Which could mean the tsar paid some attention to his opinions as his sons life practically depended on him this is evidence he did contribute to the collapse of tsarism. ...read more.

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Rasputin was a bit of a wild character and often went to parties he also wrote notes to many important characters most of which were ignored. Showing he had very little influence. He earned himself a very bad reputation especially by his behaviour at the bath houses. Soon enough Rasputin had angered his enemies too much and they decided to kill him, he was invited to a party and poisoned, shot, then thrown in a river and shot a few more times. This is one of the main factors that makes it look like Rasputin had very little to do with the collapse of tsarism the fact that after he died nothing changed, things continued the way they were just as when he was alive, once he had died which is strong evidence to suggest that he did not (or his contribution was very small) contribute to the collapse of tsarism. Rasputin basically acted as a scapegoat he was easy to lay the blame on; in actual truth he probably postponed the revolution more than anything. He was not so much a cause of the collapse of tsarism but a product of it. James Windsor 10L ...read more.

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