• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Was size the most important reason in making the Russian Empire of Tsar Nicholas II so difficult to rule in the years before the outbreak of the First World War? (1914

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

History Coursework Was size the most important reason in making the Russian Empire of Tsar Nicholas II so difficult to rule in the years before the outbreak of the First World War? (1914) The Romanov Tsar Nicholas II faced many difficulties when ruling Russia before the First World War. Though the size of the country was a very important reason for this, there were also many others. These included the different Nationalities and social groups inside the country, and also the fact Russia had poor trade and industrial works. Another reason was the weak Tsar himself and his corrupt government. This I believe to be the most important reason. Nevertheless it was not solely his fault as many other factors were involved. In the following paragraphs I hope to prove this. Firstly, I will start with what I believe to be the main reason, and that is that the Tsar was not a strong or powerful leader. He was much more of a family man (see right) but unexpectedly became Tsar at the early age of 26, following the death of his father Alexander of liver disease.. He was neither mentally or physically strong and he lacked the leadership and conference skill. He also lacked authority and never made up his mind. These were not the skills that are needed to running a country as big and as unsuccessful as Russia. ...read more.

Middle

This was the only way to get from side to side so if help was needed in the east it would take a week to arrive in the west. This made it hard fro the Tsars orders to get across the county. Another problem was the many different nationalities living inside the country. Whole the single biggest group was Russians the majority of the population was not. This would mean that the majority of the people would not understand and therefore not listen to the Tsar. So if the Tsar could not understand the majority of his people as they would have not spoke Russian he had no affect in controlling them. Also if the people did not understand him they would not respect him and so might decide to rebel which the control could have not handled. Another reason is that the hierarchy of Russia's socials groups were very separate. At the bottom were the peasants and factory workers who were the farmers and the people that worked in industry. Around 97% of the population of Russia fell into this category. Next up were the capitalists and nobles who were the people who owned the factories. They attended high class parties and were among the wealthiest people in the country. At the top was the Royal family (which included the Tsar) ...read more.

Conclusion

This made the royal family look like a joke and people started to loose respect for them. Finally In 1911 Peter Stolypin, the Prime Minister of Russia was assassinated at a Hotel in Kiev by Dmitri Bogrov who was a member of Socialist Revolutionary Party. He had adopted a "carrot and stick" approach to Russia's problems. The carrot being wining over the peasants while the stick was stopping strikers, protesters and revolutionaries. He had hung over 100 people and so the noose became "Stolypin's necktie". When he died it was a major blow for Russia as Stolypin was a great ally for the country. The leaders that now were being elected in were "no good" and the country was becoming weak. These sent the country "back in time" as old methods of governing were coming back into play. New threat of Revolutions was starting to come up. Overall Russia again was coming unstable. The Tsar would not be able to control the county all by his self and the country would soon turn against him. In conclusion I would say that size was not the most important reason for ruling Russia before the war. There were many other reasons which have been explained. But still I believe that the most important is that the Tsar was not a good leader. I believe that if he was and had the skills of a leader the country would have never turned against him and been so difficult to rule. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Russia, USSR 1905-1941 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Russia, USSR 1905-1941 essays

  1. Stalin Man or Monster

    were accused of being spies and eventually shot. This is an example of how Stalin's paranoia will go as far as executing MP's in order for Stalin to feel secure; it shows that Stalin was willing to do horrific acts to get what he wanted. Stalin was growing more worried that his enemies would try to overthrow him

  2. How secure was Nicholas II as Tsar in 1914? Nicholas II was Tsar for ...

    He was therefore able to pass many land reforms, which in turn help Nicholas' popularity. Therefore the Dumas helped Nicholas in the short term. However the Dumas also cause long-term problems with the Tsar that deeply affected his security. His continuous dissolving of the Dumas angered members and made people

  1. Source based questions on the Russian revolutions.

    If they had said that they killed all the family including the children and the tsarina, then there would have been an outrage for many reasons. First of all the tsarina was German, and Lenin was trying to make peace talks with the Germans.

  2. How did the Tsar control the Russian people between 1905 and the First World ...

    They had spies everywhere, and would know very quickly about any planned riots, revolts, or protests. Then, they could tell the soldiers, who would go and put out the disturbance using violence. Another tactic the Tsar used was censoring newspapers.

  1. Stalin man or monster

    For most people Stalin wasn't a tyrant dominating an oppressed country. He and his style of government were popular. The communist party saw him as a winner and soviet citizens saw him as a "dictator of people." The soviet people sincerely believed in Stalin and this belief was built up deliberately by communist leaders and by Stalin himself.

  2. 'The First World War was the most important cause of the Russian Revolution.' How ...

    Nicholas issued the October Manifesto, promising to summon a parliament together with other reforms including the ending of peasant's redemption payments. The Tsar in his folly dismissed Witte the day before the first meeting of the Duma in May 1906, replacing him with Goremykin who opposed anything progressive.

  1. "To what extent was World War One the main reason for the downfall of ...

    as the Russian Social Democratic party in 1898 (which later split into the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks). These revolutionary parties had a broad propaganda role which helped undermine loyalty to the regime, especially amongst the workers and soldiers. This was coupled with the wide range of nationalities in Russia who on the most part wanted to overthrow the Tsar.

  2. How far were things improving in Russia before the First World War?

    This was mainly because the autocrat rule of the Tsar over Russia meant that the aristocrats owned vast and rich estates, lands, towns and country houses and a very elegant and luxurious lifestyle. Many of the rich aristocrats greatly benefitted from the industrial growth in Russia and as a result moved to and lived in glamorous parts of Russian cities.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work