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"The Tsarist regime collapsed in 1917 due to its failure in the First World War" How far do you agree with this statement?

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"The Tsarist regime collapsed in 1917 due to its failure in the First World War" How far do you agree with this statement? There are two views on this, the first one says that the Tsarist regime was doomed from the start with the increasing strikes, poor conditions for the majority of the population and that the war only speeded up the process but did not cause it. The second view is that the Tsarist regime was basically stable up to 1914 despite the problems as it was slowly making progress to becoming a modern state, but the war stopped it dead in its tracks. The first view says that from the beginning of his reign the Tsar said himself that he knew nothing of how to rule an empire so large. From the chaos of Bloody Sunday the Tsar had a chance to reform his ways and share out his power in the Duma. However it soon became obvious that the Tsar still believed that he should own all the power. ...read more.


To make matters worse when the Tsar left to take control in the front line he left the Tsarina in charge. She was an even worse ruler than the Tsar and was disliked because she was German. Even worse she was influenced by a peasant from Siberia called Rasputin who helped her son survive haemophilia. Rasputin dismissed well abled ministers and replaced them with his friends messing Russia's condition up even more. After the Tsar left Rasputin became even more unpopular as rumours of him having affairs circulated. The second view is that the war brought the collapse of the Tsarist regime. This is said because at the outbreak of war millions of peasants trying to get out of their normal job go and join the army creating a shortage of labourers on the land. This caused food prices to rise but the wages kept the same and other materials like armaments were in shortage for both troops and civilians. The Tsar still refused to listen to the Duma at the time about the formation of a "Government of the Public Confidence" The shortage in materials meant that even more people went to the already overcrowded towns and cities to work in the factories. ...read more.


Rasputin who helped her son survive haemophilia was unpopular with the nobles because he was a peasant and after the Tsar left it was rumoured he had all sorts of affairs and wild drunken nights. I would conclude from what I have seen that despite the hatred towards the Tsar it was shown that the army stayed loyal to him and while he had the army he could keep control. While Russia was slowly changing though no real progress was being made. Russia had lost against Japan, the workers and peasants had no rights and that despite all the efforts of the Duma the Tsar still had complete control. Uprisings were on the increase before the war and all the tension being built up just needed something to spark it as in the 1905 revolution where Bloody Sunday caused the spark to start the revolution. I conclude that as all the tension built up and the slaughter of the army continued the Tsarist regime became further and further under threat until the Tsar abdicated after a series of strikes and finally the loss of the army who joined the demonstrators. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mitul Patel 5P ...read more.

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