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Explain Rasputin's contribution to the collapse of Tsarism.

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GCSE COURSEWORK THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION 1917 1. Explain Rasputin's contribution to the collapse of Tsarism: The Tsar of Russia was in a bad position. His country was going downhill, as the Army was losing all of its battles and everybody was starving. The Tsar was also very isolated from his country, and knew nothing about his people or how to run it. In 1904, his German wife blessed him with a son, Alexis. Unfortunately, Alexis was a haemophiliac, and it was impossible for him to have a normal childhood. The royal family tried many ways to cure Alexis, but no doctors could help. In 1905, a visit to the Emperial Palace changed everything. Alexis was visited by a peasant holy man from Protofskio, Rasputin. The monk prayed for Alexis, and miraculously, Alexis recovered overnight. Several people thought that it happened because Rasputin loved and honoured the Tsar, but some sceptics believe that Rasputin did not have any real powers, and was just a fraud. Rasputin was a jumped-up monk from Siberia. His real name was Gregory Efimovitch, but he picked up the nickname Rasputin, which meant 'the disreputable one', and it certainly suited him. He led an intriguing lifestyle, which was filled with women and alcohol. ...read more.


Rasputin dealt with them, by sacking and imprisoning many of them. He then made it even worse by replacing them with ignorant and corrupt men. Rasputin's promiscuous reputation caused many Russians to dislike him. The peasants, because they were jealous, and the middle-class, because they were appalled that someone like him was basically running the country. They wanted their Tsar back, and not to be ruled by a common peasant. The Duma was a small government to help the Tsar, and most of them hated Rasputin. They believed that he was a German spy and that he was trying to destroy the country, but that was just a rumour without any actual evidence. They also thought that he was the cause of the economic collapse, even after Stolypin's help. He set up the Kulak, in which peasants could buy land and help keep the economy going. I do not see this argument to be as important as the next, as I feel that Rasputin only influenced the Tsarina, and the Tsar had made bad decisions throughout his reign. There were also some good things about Rasputin. He often donated money to people around Russia, and helped out as much as he could. ...read more.


For example, when the holy man predicted pain and tears in August 1914, but the ignorant Tsar did not listen. Then when he left for Mogilev, Russia collapsed and the war failed. I believe that Rasputin did slightly contribute to Russia's downfall, but it was mainly the Tsar's fault. He made bad decisions and did need Rasputin as a link. Rasputin may have just given some advice to help out a friend, or he may have been trying to make Russia fall. Still, without Rasputin, I believe that Russia would have been ruined by the Tsar anyway. He should have paid more attention to the lower classes, as they could have brought Russia back. They were the backbone of Russia because they did all of the hard work, yet got no respect. When the Tsar tried to create an army, they were unprepared for war. It is unsurprising that they failed with their lack of food, weapons, ammunition and training. It was his decision to continue with the war, and Russia may have been able to rise again if they had pulled out at that time. Rasputin was fairly harmless compared to the Tsar; he was just a helpful holy man who liked to enjoy himself. The real villain was the Tsar, who brought Russia down. Word count: 1,236 ...read more.

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