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To what extent did Bloody Sunday mark a turning point in the Romanov's popularity with the Russian people?

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To what extent did Bloody Sunday mark a turning point in the Romanov's popularity with the Russian people? Nicholas II was made the tsar of Russia in 1894 when his father (Alexander III) died. The Russian tsars had a strong tradition of autocracy and Alexander had followed this strongly. In part, this was due to his father, Nicholas's murder by a Russian political extremist group after he had started an "age of reform". This convinced Alexander to be more repressive than his father. Another reason for his views and opinions was his tutor Konstantin Pobedonostsev, who championed the phrase "orthodoxy, autocracy and nationality". Pobedonostsev taught these views to Alexander and Nicholas who followed them during their rule as tsar. Nicholas's did not believe in doing things for the good of the Russian people, just what was good for Russia herself, this meant that during his reign the number of political parties and people speaking out against the tsar increased (i.e. ...read more.

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This shows that the people still trusted the tsar at this point and believed he could help them achieve their objectives and he was still popular because in the letter Gapon uses words like "humblest", "inviolability and he calls him "sire", if you were going to over throw someone then you would not use such menial language. The aims of the crowd were completely peaceful, all they wanted was; better wages, better living conditions, a reduction in the working day and an assembly where they could elect their own representatives. The crowd met and did march towards the winter palace despite warnings from the army not to. The cities authorities put soldiers in selected parts of the city where they could gain strategic advantages; this included the monument to Russia's victories over Napoleon in 1812 (when he tried to invade Russia) the Narva arch. Here the crowd met armed police and an assortment of army units including a group of Cossacks. ...read more.

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Nicholas knew that he had angered his people so the governor general of St Petersburg told him it would be prudent to meet with representatives of the factories and he grudgingly agreed. At this meeting the tsar told the representatives that he "forgave" them and that before they left they could go and get some food from his kitchen. This further angered the people because it shows that he did not respect them and that he was just trying to act as though he was lenient by not punishing them and also that he was generous by letting them have some of his food. In conclusion, although the tsar was over-thrown by revolutionaries, it was not immediately linked to Bloody Sunday because it was 12 years later, however this event did bring sympathy for the workers cause and also made people see the flaw in the political system in Russia and did hasten the down fall of the Romanov Dynasty. Andrew Halliday 13RV ...read more.

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