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Was the Tsar Responsible for his own Downfall?

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Was the Tsar Responsible for his own Downfall? Up to 1917, the Tsar was becoming increasingly unpopular by the day. A continuous erosion of support for the Tsar was occurring due to many reasons. Each class of people had their own (and sometimes unique) reasons of why they no longer supported the Tsar. The reasons, outlined class by class are identified below: Grigory Rasputin was a man who was born into poverty. He was born a pleasant, raised a peasant and he died a peasant. During his early adulthood he was a absolute bog-standard peasant - he would not wash, cut his hair, shave his beard, and he would get drunk every night and willingly sleep with prostitutes. But he was said to have special powers in healing sicknesses, and (something that never fails to raise an eyebrow) despite his unwashed unshaved appearance, he could sleep with more-or-less any woman he chose, regardless of appearance, class, age, or anything else. Prior to the downfall of the Tsar, the son of the Tsar fell ill. It was a disease that prevents your blood from clotting - so even a pinhole in your arm would not stop bleeding for many, many hours. ...read more.


A lot of the army were peasants and middle-class. The soldiers themselves, however, strongly disagreed with the class-separation, because the Tsar believed the peasants were an 'inferior race.' The soldiers did not share the Tsar's goals. It wasn't a fair ball game for the bourgeoisie when it came to politics, because the bourgeoisie had no political influence at all - and the bourgeoisie had had enough of it. They had come to the conclusion that Tsarist Russia was inefficient and useless. The workers were denied economic, civil and political rights. Also, a lot of workers who went on the peaceful protest to the Tsar's dwellings were ruthlessly gunned down, because the Tsar panicked, and thought he was in danger, despite the peasants having no chance whatsoever of becoming even close to the Tsar. The peasants detested their landlords (who were members of the nobility - that it what they most disliked) and wanted their own land. They were also unimpressed with the fact that they were regarded and treated as an inferior race. But it wasn't just World War I that caused the downfall of the Tsar - before the Great War he had enough on his plate. ...read more.


One mistake the Tsar made was to place himself in direct control of the army (once again), in an attempt to boost moral - and guess what - it didn't work. The Tsar had no military experience at all, and could not run an army efficiently. Another mistake was to leave the Tsarina in charge of Petrograd (now St Petersburg) - because the Tsarina was very deeply influenced by Rasputin. But before we draw up our final conclusion, one must ask themselves three things: Did the Tsar cause war with Germany? No. Germany declared war on the allies. Was the Tsar to blame for Russian defeats? No. This was because of the poor industry of Russia. Was the Tsar to blame for the food shortages? No. This was the fault of the farming peasants. One could not blame the Tsar for the poor industry of Russia, because it was not the Tsar's fault that his ancestors many generations ago did not decide to industrialise. My conclusion, would be that despite the Tsar's narrow-minded, selfish and cowardly being, he was not responsible for his own downfall. Was the Tsar Responsible for his own Downfall? James Spalding 10e Page 1 of 2 30/04/07 (c) 2001 phat_slug_666@hotmail.com ...read more.

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