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"Tsarism collapsed at the beginning of 1917 because Nicholas was a weak Tsar who did not listen to his advisors". Use the sources, and your own knowledge to explain whether or not you agree with this view.

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"Tsarism collapsed at the beginning of 1917 because Nicholas was a weak Tsar who did not listen to his advisors". Use the sources, and your own knowledge to explain whether or not you agree with this view. Although Nicholas II was a weak Tsar and did not listen to his advisors, this was not the sole reason of the downfall of Tsarism at the beginning of 1917, but it did play a huge part towards it, along with many other factors. Nicholas II was a weak Tsar, as he did not have any of the leadership qualities required to be a good Tsar. As an autocratic ruler, he thought he knew best, but Russia is far too big and there were too many problems for just one person to handle. He was naive and often changed his mind about things, as well as not listening to his advisors but listening to his wife instead, and when he was away from Petrograd he was relying on others for information about the situation there because he had made himself Commander-in-chief and was in charge of the war effort. Making himself in charge of the war effort was a weakness in itself as he didn't have the ability or experience to be a sufficient Commander-in-Chief and he would now be directly held responsible for all the failures in the war. ...read more.

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is playing", which tells us that the Tsar was not believing anybody about the true face of Rasputin and that he should not have left the vulnerable Tsarina in charge, but an experienced minister or advisor as they would have had a better understanding of Russia's situation. Another factor which supports the view that Tsarism collapsed because Nicholas II was a weak Tsar was the failures in the war. Russia faced early defeats in many battles, showing how weak they were, but this could have been due to the fact that Russia was by no means equipped to fight a war. Of the 6 500 000 men in the army, only 4 600 000 had rifles, and there was a shortage of boots and ammunition for the soldiers. The Tsar sent millions of young men to fight with no means to defend themselves, which shows another weakness in the Tsar, as a war cannot be won without any means to fight, so this meant more deaths and failures in the war, which the Tsar was seen to be responsible for, being the Commander-in-chief. The strikes which took place were also another reason for Tsarism collapsing as more and more people turned against the Tsar. From source D, we can get an estimate of the huge number of workers who went on strike which shows how unhappy people were. ...read more.

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trains to transport the food around to the people, so tonnes of good resources such as butter and meat just went to waste, rotting at the railways in the countryside. The cold weather lowered people's spirits and it was one of the coldest winters in Russia, with the average temperature being minus twelve degrees and more and more people were starving. In my opinion I agree with the view because if the Tsar had listened to his advisors and not his wife, he would have realized the situation much earlier and may have been able to return to Petrograd to perhaps start sorting things out and may not have had to abdicate as the situation may not have been as bad as it was when he did actually realize how bad everything was. But even thought the weakness of the Tsar was a very significant factor towards the collapse of Tsarism, it was not the only reason as the sources show. The failures in the war, mutiny in the army and shortage of supplies also caused the collapse of Tsarism as did the strikes, him making himself Commander-in-chief and also him being out of touch with the people, as he did not know what they wanted. All of these factors together caused the collapse of Tsarism, but the weak Tsar not listening to his advisors played a major role towards it. ?? ?? ?? ?? Faizah Akter 10YAA ...read more.

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